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assail
used in Oliver Twist

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Definition
attack physically or verbally
  • This resistance only infuriated Mr. Sikes the more; who, dropping on his knees, began to assail the animal most furiously.
    Chapter 15 — Showing How Very Fond of Oliver Twist, The Merry Old.... (18% in)
  • Jostling with unemployed labourers of the lowest class, ballast-heavers, coal-whippers, brazen women, ragged children, and the raff and refuse of the river, he makes his way with difficulty along, assailed by offensive sights and smells from the narrow alleys which branch off on the right and left, and deafened by the clash of ponderous waggons that bear great piles of merchandise from the stacks of warehouses that rise from every corner.
    Chapter 50 — The Pursuit and Escape (5% in)
  • There was nobody there to speak to him; but, as he passed, the prisoners fell back to render him more visible to the people who were clinging to the bars: and they assailed him with opprobrious names, and screeched and hissed.
    Chapter 52 — Fagin's Last Night Alive (33% in)

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