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  • hope in the beleaguered city
  • The beleaguered company is likely to declare bankruptcy.
  • The beleaguered country asked for increased aid.
  • "You’re back," he said with a beleaguered sigh.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City

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  • Corporal Endo seemed all too beleaguered to me, and I began to guide him quickly past the commander’s hut, his gaze almost rigidly locked upon the shuttered windows.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • For five days he hears nothing on his transceiver but anthems and recorded propaganda and broadcasts from beleaguered colonels requesting supplies, gasoline, men.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • The helicopter came lower and lower: the concern of the pilot grew, the closer he drew to my beleaguered craft.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • I have private reservations about this: I think of Miss Creighton, the Art Appreciation teacher at Burnham High, pudgy and beleaguered, who routinely got locked into the supply closet where the paper and paints were kept by some of the greasier and more leathery boys.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • You know well the recent history of this beleaguered country.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • As these beleaguered adults approach, the uniformed sons and daughters whose pursuit of soccer has inspired their expeditions are nowhere to be seen.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United

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  • We receive word from them rarely, but there have been reports that they are also beleaguered.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • As days turned into weeks, there was now, if nothing else, a beleaguered acceptance of what had transpired—all the result of war, a promise keeper, and one piano accordion.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • The boss hostler is furious, whacking the beleaguered men of the Flying Squadron with flagrant abandon.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • A beleaguered sprite was sheltering behind her ticket desk, besieged by angry gremlins.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • LAURA: Oh— JIM [with reflective relish]: I was beleaguered by females in those days.
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
  • He had always known that humans were scarce and beleaguered in Alagaesia, but he had never imagined that they were so outnumbered by evenbeetles.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • And as for why I stay here—well, I’ve read a good deal about sieges, beleaguered cities and the like, but I’ve never seen one.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Of all who came here to beleaguer Troy I say there is no soldier worse than you.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Ishmael would find later, long after the trial, that their darkness would beleaguer his memory of these days.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • In cross-examining the K.B.I. personnel, the defense attorneys, a beleaguered pair, argued that the admissions of guilt had been obtained by improper means-brutal interrogation in sweltering, brightly lighted, closet-like rooms.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • And now a beleaguered Seattle must face the possibility that it could be harboring an even more horrifying monster at this very moment.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • He felt beleaguered and blackmailed: Did they think he did not know what they had done for him, didn’t they understand that it was for precisely that reason that he wanted to go now, before they had to suffer any more on his behalf?
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Twenty years earlier the means of resistance must have been far fewer, and the enemy in command of almost all the lines of access between the beleaguered villages; and, considering these things, I felt the sinister force of Harmon’s phrase: "Most of the smart ones get away."
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • Meanwhile, the lord of the beleaguered and endangered castle lay upon a bed of bodily pain and mental agony.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • He saw her as the passionate spirit of innocent youth, now beleaguered by the trick which is played on youth—the trick of treachery in the body, which turns flesh into green bones.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • The numerous islands rested on the bosom of the Horican, some low and sunken, as if embedded in the waters, and others appearing to hover about the element, in little hillocks of green velvet; among which the fishermen of the beleaguering army peacefully rowed their skiffs, or floated at rest on the glassy mirror in quiet pursuit of their employment.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Eragon and Saphira flew from place to place within Feinster, landing wherever they spotted a large clump of men or wherever members of the Varden appeared beleaguered.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • Weeks before, Ramiro had received a 10 day suspension from Roberto Clemente High School, a beleaguered school with a good number of caring personnel, but one which was an epicenter of gang activity.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • For what dread of want or poverty that can reach or harass the student can compare with what the soldier feels, who finds himself beleaguered in some stronghold mounting guard in some ravelin or cavalier, knows that the enemy is pushing a mine towards the post where he is stationed, and cannot under any circumstances retire or fly from the imminent danger that threatens him?
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • These even tried to beleaguer the town so that the townspeople locked the gates of the wall continually except for one small gate called the western water gate, and this was watched by soldiers and locked at night also.
    Pearl S. Buck  --  The Good Earth
  • The light was more dim than ever as they drew nearer to the beleaguered city, and the Riders passed in long files like dark shadows of men and horses.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • Again Roberta was checked by these unanswerable complexities which beleaguered them both and she exclaimed futilely, "Oh, I wish I knew what to do."
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • The beleaguered rider could do no better than cling to the horse’s neck for dear life.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • The entire mythology of the city is dependent on the existence of an ancient, beleaguered aristocracy who trace their heritage to the first stirrings of the Colony.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • So then, suddenly, his daughter would leap out, as though from a beleaguered city, would make a sortie, turn the street corner, and, having risked her life a hundred times over, reappear and bring us, with a jug of liquorice-water, the news that there were still at least a thousand of them, pouring along without a break from the direction of Thiberzy and Meseglise.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Both he and Angela looked beleaguered, and Eragon doubted they would be able to hold out much longer.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • These measures taken altogether did do something: they were in fact of the nature of regulations made by the commander of a beleaguered city.
    William Morris  --  News from Nowhere
  • Other lightnings plunge their forked streaks in every direction, and take the form of globes of fire, which explode like bombshells over a beleaguered city.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • The thing he’d most detest is being cut off from others; he’d rather be one of a beleaguered crowd than a prisoner alone.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • Within three years of his coming to court, he was master of coin and a member of the small council, and today the crown’s revenues were ten times what they had been under his beleaguered predecessor …. though the crown’s debts had grown vast as well.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • The beauty straightway vanished; they read commandments, all-excluding mountainous duty; an obligation, a sadness, as of piled mountains, fell on them, and life became ghastly, joyless, a pilgrim’s progress,[657] a probation, beleaguered round with doleful histories, of Adam’s fall[658] and curse, behind us; with doomsdays and purgatorial[659] and penal fires before us; and the heart of the seer and the heart of the listener sank in them.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • …with pictures—Cyrus directing the charge, the spear-forest of the Macedonian phalanx, the splintered oars, the numberless huddle of the ships at Salamis, the feasts of Alexander, the terrific melee of the knights, the shattered lances, the axe and the sword, the massed pikemen, the beleaguered walls, the scaling ladders heavy with climbing men hurled backward, the Swiss who flung his body on the lances, the press of horse and foot, the gloomy forests of Gaul and Caesarian conquests.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • His hand and watchful eye keep even pace; While Dares traverses and shifts his place, And, like a captain who beleaguers round Some strong-built castle on a rising ground, Views all th’ approaches with observing eyes: This and that other part in vain he tries, And more on industry than force relies.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • I think it is for the best God alone knows the fate of our own beleaguered currency.) I hope you do not think that I am trying to buy your forgiveness.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Lo, Victress on the Peaks Lo, Victress on the peaks, Where thou with mighty brow regarding the world, (The world O Libertad, that vainly conspired against thee,) Out of its countless beleaguering toils, after thwarting them all, Dominant, with the dazzling sun around thee, Flauntest now unharm’d in immortal soundness and bloom—lo, in these hours supreme, No poem proud, I chanting bring to thee, nor mastery’s rapturous verse, But a cluster containing night’s darkness and blood-dripping…
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • I thought of the taking of beleaguered cities, the fury of plunder, and the forcing open of feminine mouths to receive the conqueror’s semen.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • The plain was dark with their marching companies, and as far as eyes could strain in the mirk there sprouted, like a foul fungus-growth, all about the beleaguered city great camps of tents, black or sombre red.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • He ground through twenty-four-hour endurance tests and "stamina runs," in which contestants looped up and down local roads until their beleaguered automobiles exploded or shed their wheels—the last one rolling was the winner.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • To an unromantic eye, the Institute had the look of a Spanish prison or a fortress beleaguered not by an invading force but by the more threatening anarchy of the twentieth century buzzing insensately outside the Gates of Legrand.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • But it was not her diminutiveness that left the strongest impression on me; rather, it was a quality of beleaguered delicacy, as though her spirit had endured the same heedless inattention as her garden.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
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