Adjective "harrying" definition and examples

(Harrying may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Persistently carry out attacks on (an enemy or an enemy's territory)
  1. 'The king's adoption of Danish tactics in the winter of 878, such as his use of strongholds and small mobile raiding parties to harry the lands of his enemies, was forced upon him by immediate circumstances.'
  2. 'Their mission is to blow up bridges, block roads and generally harry and destroy any enemy forces with which they come into contact.'
  3. 'To combat air attacks, and to harry the long-range German Focke-Wulf Kondor aircraft which acted as reconnaissance for the U-boats, makeshift efforts were made to give air cover, before escort carriers were introduced.'
  4. 'He continued to attack, harry and chase every ball and was rewarded late on with a dramatic Golden Goal.'
  5. 'Without firm figures, they continued to harry Doig to find them.'
  6. 'Fabrizio Ravanelli had been impressive harrying the home defenders but had contributed little in attack until he took possession on the right touchline.'

More definitions

1. to harass, annoy, or prove a nuisance to by or as if by repeated attacks; worry: He was harried by constant doubts.

2. to ravage, as in war; devastate: The troops harried the countryside. verb (used without object), harried, harrying.

3. to make harassing incursions.

More examples(as adjective)

"positions can be harrying."

"places can be harrying."

"tactics can be harrying."

"polices can be harrying."

"labours can be harrying."

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(harry)Old English herian, hergian, of Germanic origin, probably influenced by Old French harier, in the same sense.