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assail or attack on all sides: "The zebra was beset by leopards"

decorate or cover lavishly (as with gems)

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Ichabod, on the contrary, had to win his way to the heart of a country coquette, beset with a labyrinth of whims and caprices, which were forever presenting new difficulties and impediments; and he had to encounter a host of fearful adversaries of real flesh and blood, the numerous rustic admirers, who beset every portal to her heart, keeping a watchful and angry eye upon each other, but ready to fly out in the common cause against any new competitor.
In vain may the most vigilant and cruel savages beset his path; in vain may rocks and precipices and wintry torrents oppose his progress; let but a single track of a beaver meet his eye, and he forgets all dangers and defies all difficulties.
While London itself was solidly for the barons and against the King's party, the road between the castle of Richard de Tany and the city of London was beset with many dangers.
Rather let us say that it be so late in the day, and the way so beset with dangers that the Earl of Buckingham could not bring himself to expose the beautiful daughter of his old friend to the perils of the road, and so--"
He was beset on either side by the merciless fangs of his erstwhile comrades.
Moody's habitual reserve--strengthened, on this occasion, by his dread of ridicule, if his efforts to serve Isabel ended in failure--disinclined him to take Lady Lydiard into his confidence, while his inquiries were still beset with obstacles and doubts.
But the search for the Palace of Political Distinction is beset with one mighty peril.
 avoid the follies that beset his course, but only to apprehend
To accomplish this I was compelled to avoid looking up old friends, for as ever the adventure-path was beset with John Barleycorn.
Now, when the die was cast, he was beset with doubts of his own wisdom.
The millions of spectators which had beset the peninsula of Florida, would they not rush to meet these sublime adventurers?
I am not so beset with visitors but that I can readily spare a few minutes to the few that do favour me with their company.
The way through which our hunters were to pass in pursuit of their game was so beset with briars, that it greatly obstructed their walk, and caused besides such a rustling, that Jones had sufficient warning of their arrival before they could surprize him; nay, indeed, so incapable was Thwackum of concealing his indignation, and such vengeance did he mutter forth every step he took, that this alone must have abundantly satisfied Jones that he was (to use the language of sportsmen) found sitting.
Of these, one was Barnaby himself, who slept, or, to avoid being beset with questions, feigned to sleep, in the chimney-corner; the other, Hugh, who, sleeping too, lay stretched upon the bench on the opposite side, in the full glare of the blazing fire.
You will probably keep a larger house, have many matters to arrange, and be beset by numbers of correspondents.