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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Schrage announced his departure from Facebook well before the Definers scandal, making him a convenient out for the beleaguered company. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Facebook’s outgoing head of public policy takes blame for Definers scandal," 21 Nov. 2018 This week has been all over the place for the beleaguered company and its customers, with literally every day bringing a new source of strife. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "MoviePass has not had a good week. Neither have MoviePass subscribers.," 17 Aug. 2018 More than 1,000 State Police cruisers will be tracked through a GPS system, allowing top brass to more effectively deploy troopers and keep tabs on them, officials announced Wednesday as part of a slate of reforms to the beleaguered police force. Matt Rocheleau,, "State Police to activate GPS in cruisers, restructure staff," 2 May 2018 But cleanup hitter Didi Gregorius powered the Yankees to an 11-4 victory, going 4-for-4 with two homers, a double and eight RBI to bail out a beleaguered bullpen. Ted Berg, USA TODAY, "Yankees home opener: Didi Gregorius drives in 8; Giancarlo Stanton strikes out 5 times," 3 Apr. 2018 Putin, with Iran's help, turned the tide of the seven-year war by committing air- and manpower to buoy Assad's beleaguered forces in 2015, quieting U.S. calls for the Syrian leader's immediate removal. Anchorage Daily News, "U.S. strikes said to have killed scores of Russian fighters in Syria," 13 Feb. 2018 In 2011, when San Francisco was trying to encourage more tech firms to keep their headquarters in the economically beleaguered mid-Market neighborhood, the city agreed to temporarily exempt companies like Twitter from paying payroll taxes. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "San Francisco has passed a first-of-its-kind tax on big businesses — like Square and Stripe — to help the homeless," 7 Nov. 2018 Although Wilson has been sacked more times (12) than any quarterback this season, the blame goes beyond the perennially beleaguered offensive line. Seattle Times Sports Staff, The Seattle Times, "What the national media are saying about the Seahawks’ 0-2 start," 18 Sep. 2018 Days after floodwaters swept through Ellicott City, Howard County is preparing to combat more flooding as storms approach the already beleaguered area. Sarah Meehan,, "Ellicott City braces for more rain following Sunday's flood," 31 May 2018

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