verb (used with object)
Origin of assail
Examples from the Web for assailing
Assailing her at every turn has been her rapacious political rival, Tony Abbott.Aussie P.M. Narrowly Escapes Protest, Leaves Shoe Behind|Sam Bungey|January 28, 2012|DAILY BEAST
There was little military skill to atone for the feebleness of the assailing army, although there was plenty of rude valor.The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume III.(of III) 1574-84|John Lothrop Motley
The Confederates were alert and ceaselessly active in assailing this line and rendering it hopelessly insecure.The History of the Confederate War, Its Causes and Its Conduct, Volume II (of 2)|George Cary Eggleston
In that sense I have no thought of assailing it, I would make clear that I hold it beyond assailment.The Profits of Religion, Fifth Edition|Upton Sinclair
The assumption that I am assailing is that they formed the wings.
The great rebellion which for four long years had been assailing the nation's life was quelled.Abraham Lincoln, Volume 2 (of 2)|William H. Herndon
Word Origin for assail
c.1200, from Old French assalir "attack, assault, assail" (12c., Modern French assaillir), from Vulgar Latin *adsalire "to leap at," from Latin ad- "at" (see ad-) + salire "to leap" (see salient (adj.)). Figurative use from mid-14c. Related: Assailed; assailing; assailable.