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He accosted me with excessive warmth, for he had been drinking much.
Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Cask of Amontillado
  to approach aggressively or inappropriately
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  • He accosted me with excessive warmth, for he had been drinking much.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Cask of Amontillado
  • A few blocks from home, he was accosted by two robbers.
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie
  • How could she accost Will like she did, when what she’s doing is just as deplorable, if not worse?
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • He could still feel the bump of the tires running over the woman who’d accosted him before he boarded the bus, how the driver didn’t even slow down.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure

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  • I theoretically accosted her mom.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • No," Simon said, wondering how many strangers were going to accost him today.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • Alec and Lana are right ahead of them, moving quickly, passing the thugs who accosted them, a thing that now seems so silly and outrageous it angers Mark all over again.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • She could barely get from one building to another without being accosted.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • A Talib accosted them and blocked their way.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • Nonetheless women periodically accosted me: "You’re new?
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black

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  • Not even if you avoid getting lost or accosted in the tangled web of twisting streets and dead end alleys.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • It’s a strange thing, to have your daughter being publicly accosted by an officer of the law and to know inside that it’s completely right and warranted, and yet on top of that having the impulse to shield her from criticism and unhappiness, and feeling, too, the purest, unbending aggression toward the officer.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Nobody accosted him in the student dormitory, where he slipped into his room and changed.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Several more onion trucks passed by, their smell accosting her eyes and nose as much as the diapers.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • One small fry climbed into a seat only to be accosted by a larger girl who said that he was sitting in her seat.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • The solitary beach walker whom I had accosted stood idly by watching us.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Finally, by accosting strangers for directions (rosy housewives with armloads of flowers, tobacco-stained hippies in wire-rimmed glasses), I retraced my path over canal bridges and back through narrow fairy-lit streets to my hotel, where I immediately changed some dollars at the front desk, went up for a shower in the bathroom which was all curved glass and voluptuous fixtures, hybrid of the Art Nouveau and some icy, pod-based, science fiction future, and fell asleep face down on the…
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Someone accosts them.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • When we were on the sidewalk in front of Miss Maudie’s, Mr. Avery accosted us.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Rudy found him and accosted him in the eyes.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • He accosted Fix with a merry smile, as if he had not perceived that gentleman’s chagrin.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Meanwhile her mother had accosted the physician.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • It appears whoever accosted Susie used this during the crime.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • Nevertheless, I was half-minded to accost some passer-by and throw myself upon his mercy.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • Out of the midst of them, the ghostly face would rise, and he would accost it again.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • At the door Tom dropped back a step and accosted a Sunday-dressed comrade: "Say, Billy, got a yaller ticket?"
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Little regiments of children lurked by the doorways, apparently for the express purpose of accosting foreign missionaries.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • I quickly followed suit, and descending into the bar-room accosted the grinning landlord very pleasantly.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • The Englishman, with the coolness of his nation, addressed him in terms nearly similar to those with which he had accosted the mayor of Marseilles.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Mrs. Liddell was no longer accosting the door to her room.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • Once, when one of Super Man’s engines quit during a routine flight, Phil turned the plane back and landed at Kahuku, only to be accosted by the furious lieutenant in a speeding jeep, ordering them back up.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • He walks straight to Higgins, and accosts him with vehement reproach.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • At this moment I am not disposed to accost her.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • One man I approached—he was, I perceived, a neighbour of mine, though I did not know his name—and accosted.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • But the men, Tareq Ali Bualsafared, a twenty-six-year-old immigrant from the United Arab Emirates, and Saleh Ali, a seventeen-year-old refugee from Iraq, claimed to police that Perkins had accosted them because they were Arab.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Here and there he halted, accosted the little boys and girls, and smiled upon the mothers.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • An hour later, he accosts her in the midway, drops to his knees, and wraps his arms around her legs.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • Her resistance had not injured her with the gentleman, and he was thinking of her with some complacency, when thus accosted by Miss Bingley: "I can guess the subject of your reverie."
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • So, he spelt the bill through again, from beginning to end; and then, touching his fur cap in token of humility, accosted the gentleman in the white waistcoat.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • He accosted me with trepidation and passed on.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • He recognized Yossarian as the drunk who had accosted him roughly at the officers’ club one night before the first mission to Bologna, and he swung his displeasure prudently to Dunbar.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Inez was a prostitute who had accosted Dick on the steps of the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City (the visit was part of a sightseeing tour taken to please Perry).
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • ’Five minutes ago Hareton seemed a personification of my youth, not a human being; I felt to him in such a variety of ways, that it would have been impossible to have accosted him rationally.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • When the next song ended, everybody applauded once more, and Harry saw Ludo Bagman kiss Professor McGonagall’s hand and make his way back through the crowds, at which point Fred and George accosted him.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Women with children clinging to their skirts would accost passers-by, offering a few cakes for sale on a piece of cardboard.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • How street gangsters rob riders is from Baltasar Soriano Peraza, the caseworker at the Albergue Belen shelter; the Mexican immigration agent Fernando Armento Juan, who accompanies migrants on the bus; and migrants, including Carlos Sandoval, a Salvadoran, who said he had been accosted by gangsters with ice picks.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • Once the sails were furled and the gangplanks extended, Torson and Flint both strode over to theRed Boar and accosted Clovis, demanding to know what was going on.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • When they had come within speech (which was just under the maid’s eyes) the older man bowed and accosted the other with a very pretty manner of politeness.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Once, when the command had first come to the field, some perambulating veterans, noting the length of their column, had accosted them thus: "Hey, fellers, what brigade is that?"
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • There was instant pleasure in the sight of them, and still greater pleasure was conveyed in sound—for Mr. Weston immediately accosted her with, "How d’ye do?
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
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