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assail
used in A Prayer for Owen Meany

3 uses
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Definition
attack physically or verbally
  • To have his faith assailed perked him up; he was livelier and less meek.
    p. 315.9
  • He sat behind the wheel—with apparent jolts of extreme discomfort assailing him from the region of his lower back—and commanded the faculty to push him.
    p. 399.5
  • The doors could not be opened—nor could the headmaster be removed from the wreckage; such spasms assailed his lower back that he could not contort himself into the necessary posture to make an exit from the car through the space where the windshield had been.
    p. 400.4

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