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assail
used in Moby Dick

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attack physically or verbally
  • All that most maddens and torments; all that stirs up the lees of things; all truth with malice in it; all that cracks the sinews and cakes the brain; all the subtle demonisms of life and thought; all evil, to crazy Ahab, were visibly personified, and made practically assailable in Moby Dick.
    Chapters 40-42 -- Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (46% in)
  • In more than one instance, he has been known, not only to chase the assailing boats back to their ships, but to pursue the ship itself, and long withstand all the lances hurled at him from its decks.
    Chapters 43-45 -- Hark!; The Chart; The Affidavit (89% in)
  • Should any unwarrantably pert young Leviathan coming that way, presume to draw confidentially close to one of the ladies, with what prodigious fury the Bashaw assails him, and chases him away!
    Chapters 88-90 -- Schools and Schoolmasters; Fast-Fish and Loose-Fish; Heads or Tails (11% in)
  • So soon as he recovered himself, the poor little negro was assailed by yells and execrations from the crew.
    Chapters 91-93 -- The Pequod Meets The Rose-Bud; Ambergris; The Castaway (84% in)
  • No wonder there had been some among the hunters who namelessly transported and allured by all this serenity, had ventured to assail it; but had fatally found that quietude but the vesture of tornadoes.
    Chapters 133-135 -- The Chase--First Day; The Chase--Second Day; The Chase--Third Day (10% in)

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