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accost
used in Tom Jones

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Definition
to approach aggressively or inappropriately
  • As soon as Jones had a little recovered his first surprize, he accosted the young lady with some of the ordinary forms of salutation, which she in the same manner returned; and their conversation began, as usual, on the delicious beauty of the morning.
    Book 5 (49% in)
  • About an hour after they had left the sick-room, Square met Thwackum in the hall and accosted him thus: "Well, sir, have you heard any news of your friend since we parted from him?
    Book 5 (64% in)
  • These two fellows had almost conquered the patience of Jones, when a plain well-looking man (who was indeed a Quaker) accosted him thus: "Friend, I perceive thou hast lost thy way; and if thou wilt take my advice, thou wilt not attempt to find it to-night.
    Book 7 (53% in)
  • Meeting the landlady, he accosted her with great civility, and asked, "What he could have for dinner?
    Book 8 (16% in)
  • In vulgar phrase, she had taken up the broomstick, and was just about to sally from the kitchen, when Jones accosted her with a demand of a gown and other vestments, to cover the half-naked woman upstairs.
    Book 9 (34% in)
  • The two parties proceeded three full miles together before any one offered again to open their mouths; when our heroine, having pretty well got the better of her fear (but yet being somewhat surprized that the other still continued to attend her, as she pursued no great road, and had already passed through several turnings), accosted the strange lady in a most obliging tone, and said, "She was very happy to find they were both travelling the same way."
    Book 11 (10% in)
  • He now accosted every woman he saw, whose stature, shape, or air, bore any resemblance to his angel.
    Book 13 (51% in)

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