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accost

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Definition to approach aggressively or inappropriately
  • When we were on the sidewalk in front of Miss Maudie's, Mr. Avery accosted us.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
accosted = approached and spoke in a challenging manner
  • A few blocks from home, he was accosted by two robbers.
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie
  • accosted = approached and threatened
  • He accosted me with excessive warmth, for he had been drinking much.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Cask of Amontillado
  • accosted = approached and spoke in a demanding or inappropriate manner
  • Several more onion trucks passed by, their smell accosting her eyes and nose as much as the diapers.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • accosting = aggressively engaging
  • That vampire who was Lestat's latest child accosted me one evening not long after.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • He accosted them, and they responded very graciously.
    Nikolai Gogol  --  The Nose
  • No," Simon said, wondering how many strangers were going to accost him today.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • Toward noon a single man ventured out into the road to accost the cowboy.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • As I entered the corridor again, a broad meat-like man, in an apron, accosted me, and jerking his thumb over his shoulder said—"Is that your friend?"
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • Accosting the first person they saw-an American climber named Scott Darsney-they had demanded information about Yasuko.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • OEDIPUS Ah me! what words to accost him can I find?
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • But as the girl timidly accosted him, he gave a convulsive movement and saved his respectability by a vigorous side-step.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • When he found Vainamoinen, the young wizard accosted him.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • 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
  • If you're accosting the customers and running out on your job, obviously something is going on that we need to discuss.
    Sarah Dessen  --  That Summer
  • He settled the question of whether or no she should enter into conversation, by accosting her at once brusquely and genially.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • She could barely get from one building to another without being accosted.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Near the hotel there was always a kind of loafer who accosted travellers, and who would not refuse.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • When we accosted him, his manner was something more confused, and something less genteel, than of yore.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Now, you went about how far into the park before you were first accosted?
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky

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