1. to begin to inflict harm upon.
The cat attacked the mouse.
A young man was attacked by thugs in the park last night.
The warriors attacked the fortress before dawn.
2. to use speech or writing to criticize or injure.
Members of the audience attacked the mayor’s budget proposal.
The critic attacked the novelist’s portrayal of women.
3. to set upon with force or vigor.
If we attack this problem with all our brainpower, I’m sure we can solve it.
1. to mix, knot, or entwine (one or more things), making separation or straightening difficult.
He somehow tangled all the computer cords.
The cat tangled the yarn completely.
2. to involve in a complicated, confused, awkward, or unmanageable situation or undertaking; entangle.
I don’t want to tangle myself in these matters that have nothing to do with me.
1. to become knotted or entwined in a disorderly mass.
I tied my hair back for the boat trip so it wouldn’t tangle in the wind.
2. (informal) to quarrel or fight; engage in conflict.
The two guys were tangling over a woman in the bar.
He’s big and scary, and I wouldn’t want to tangle with him.
1. to travel over, esp. while looking for something.
Police scoured the area for the missing girl.
2. to examine thoroughly.
The historian scoured old newspapers for first-hand accounts.
to travel around an area, esp. while looking for something.
We went to the beach and scoured for seashells all morning.
1. to propel abruptly or forcefully into a substance, esp. a soft or liquid one.
He plunged his burned hand into cool water.
2. to bring abruptly into a drastic change of condition.
The eclipse plunged the land into darkness.
The leaders plunged the country into war.
1. to throw oneself into something.
The diver plunged into the pool.
They plunged into a furious debate.
2. to move abruptly forward or downward.
When the train stopped suddenly, he plunged into another passenger.
On Friday, the temperature plunged to zero.
vaUch seIf [or] vauch seIf
to grant or give with condescension or as a special favor.
At long last, the company president vouchsafed us fifteen minutes of his precious time to air our grievances.