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accost

verb ac·cost \ə-ˈkst, -ˈkäst\

: to approach and speak to (someone) often in an angry, aggressive, or unwanted way

Full Definition of ACCOST

transitive verb
:  to approach and speak to often in a challenging or aggressive way

Examples of ACCOST

  1. He was accosted by three gang members on the subway.
  2. She was so famous that people would accost her on the street and ask for an autograph.

Origin of ACCOST

Middle French accoster, ultimately from Latin ad- + costa rib, side — more at coast
First Known Use: 1597

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