be·lea·guered | \bi-ˈlē-gərd, bē-\

Definition of beleaguered 

: suffering or being subjected to constant or repeated trouble or harassment an economically beleaguered city With its life-support system cut off, the beleaguered college has embarked on a tortuous campaign to keep going.— Lucinda Harper … as he evolved from conformist to opportunist to reformer to revolutionary to beleaguered leader.— Philip Taubman

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The beleaguered middle manager sits in the park’s control room, hopelessly working to undo the total system hack executed by his traitorous subordinate Dennis Nedry (Wayne Knight), before dying off-screen when trying to turn the power back on. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Ballad of Ray Arnold," 11 June 2018 But a ruling by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on subsidies in the industry could deal another blow to the beleaguered international trading system. The Economist, "A WTO ruling on aircraft subsidies raises the risk of a tariff war," 17 May 2018 But among Venezuela's beleaguered opposition movement, hostility to the idea of a military intervention has slowly eased. Joshua Goodman, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump pressed aides on Venezuela invasion, US official says," 4 July 2018 What, in fact, began happening when I was born in my beleaguered hometown in the ’70s was a corporate boycott of our super black city. Dream Hampton, Bon Appetit, "Flowers of Vietnam Is As Detroit As It Gets," 6 June 2018 Mayor Tom Barrett has named Jeanette Kowalik as his pick to head the beleaguered agency, which has been in turmoil for months amid problems with its program aimed at preventing lead poisoning among children. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mayor Tom Barrett picks Jeanette Kowalik to lead troubled Milwaukee Health Department," 11 July 2018 Willem Dafoe got an Oscar nomination as the motel’s beleaguered manager, but the stars were the children who lived there. Paul Daugherty,, "Daugherty's Morning Line: Do you really want your players in the MLB All-Star Game?," 9 July 2018 Viacom, the beleaguered media company that owns Paramount and cable networks like Comedy Central and MTV, has been in search of a turnaround in recent years. John Koblin,, "Leslie Moonves and Shari Redstone dig in for a long legal war at CBS," 24 May 2018 Viacom, the beleaguered media company that owns Paramount and cable networks like Comedy Central and MTV, has been in search of a turnaround in recent years. John Koblin, New York Times, "Leslie Moonves and Shari Redstone Dig In for a Long Legal War at CBS," 23 May 2018

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