be·​lea·​guered | \ bi-ˈlē-gərd How to pronounce beleaguered (audio) , 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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Benson has been all over the Disney kingdom, voicing Barbie in two Toy Story movies, playing beleaguered secretary Sam in Enchanted, and even reprising her role as Ariel for the aforementioned Ralph Breaks the Internet. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Voice Actress Jodi Benson on Being Ariel and Three Decades of Feminist Princesses," 27 Feb. 2019 But the disastrous outcome will be welcomed by beleaguered food chiefs. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "What Kraft Heinz’s Mess Means for Rivals and Investors," 22 Feb. 2019 The president should under no circumstance fire this beleaguered bureaucrat. Fox News, "Sen. Graham: Allegations against Kavanaugh are collapsing," 24 Sep. 2018 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Mayor Tom Barrett has namedJeanette Kowalik as his pick to head the beleaguered Health Department. Ahmed Elbenni, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mayor Tom Barrett has nominated a new Health Department commissioner. Here are the problems facing the agency," 12 July 2018 The beleaguered 2019 Oscars have been forging ahead without a host after Kevin Hart stepped down from the role amid controversy over old tweets. Vogue, "The First Oscars Presenters Have Been Announced—Can They Save the Show?," 4 Feb. 2019 As this pressure grows, the beleaguered program will certainly receive sharp attention. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "USAF's Next-Gen GPS Satellites Will Be a Huge Upgrade...Eventually," 26 Dec. 2018 The plans are a far cry from the original $9.95/mth one-film-a-day offering, but might give the beleaguered service a chance at survival. Jon Porter, The Verge, "MoviePass will launch three new subscription plans in January," 6 Dec. 2018 However, in July, Judge Pauley questioned whether the settlement and monitor could fix the longtime problems that have plagued the beleaguered agency. Katie Honan And Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "NYCHA Residents Decry Living Conditions," 26 Sep. 2018

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1644, in the meaning defined above

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