assail (v.) Old form(s): assayl'd , assayle
approach with offers of love, woo with vigour, attempt to seduce
Cym II.iii.38[Cloten to Cymbeline, of Innogen] I have assailed her with musics
Sonn.41.6[] Beauteous thou art, therefore to be assailed
TN I.iii.54[Sir Toby aside to Sir Andrew, of Maria] 'Accost' is front her, board her, woo her, assail her
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