Definition of accost in English:



[with object]
  • Approach and address (someone) boldly or aggressively.

    ‘reporters accosted him in the street’
    ‘he was accosted by a thief, demanding his money or his life’
    • ‘As he accosted parents outside a school in Rotherhithe with a final piece of canvassing yesterday afternoon, he predicted his party would get the most seats since 1923 and the biggest share of the vote since 1983.’
    • ‘The larger London department stores are moving away from your more traditional Grotto based lap-sitting experiences and towards a more drive-by Santa encounter where the failed beardy actor accosts you on the shop floor.’
    • ‘Earlier in the morning, jockey Walter Cullum accosted King while the latter spoke with reporters.’
    • ‘I am walking speedily along New York's Fifth Avenue when this elegant stranger accosts me, grabs my arm in a vice-like grip and hisses, ‘Where did you get that pin?’’
    • ‘It's not that I make a habit of accosting MPs in health food shops, it's just that I mistakenly believed I knew him.’
    • ‘Once aboard, to his fugitive embarrassment, he is accosted by a young girl he vaguely remembers.’
    • ‘THERE'S (yet another) famous family story about the time my parents went to a neighbourhood party and a woman accosted my mother over the punchbowl, raving about what a good listener my father was.’
    • ‘More recently, we've seen six-foot koalas accosting political leaders and asking in depth questions on real issues.’
    • ‘Examing the display outside of my chosen shop, I was accosted by some youths, of thirteen years or so, who desired that I bought some fireworks on their behalf, a transaction I declined.’
    • ‘As she got off the plane in Belgium, she was accosted by reporters asking if she was taking anabolic steroids.’
    • ‘Everybody can stop e-mailing, IMing, and accosting me on the street: I had absolutely nothing to do with this.’
    • ‘His story begins in 1972 when Douglas was accosted at a bus stop in Edinburgh by two bolshie 12-year-olds.’
    • ‘I considering accosting a hapless victim in the produce department.’
    • ‘Making my way through the train I was accosted by a very angry woman.’
    • ‘You're strolling absent-mindedly down Coney Street, minding your own business and glancing idly at the displays in shop windows, when an officious little man in a yellow reflective jacket pops out of nowhere and accosts you.’
    • ‘I do, however, have a problem with people accosting me on the street and begging me in their particularly weird way to donate money to African babies.’
    • ‘But before she spoke Ms Morris was accosted by a placard-waving group of about 20 protesters demanding that they should be paid all year round, not just in term time.’
    • ‘A few minutes ago he was accosted by reporters after locking horns with the Prime Minister during question period.’
    • ‘I walk into a house in one of the towns and an old man accosts me ‘Hi there young man.’’
    • ‘I recall accosting some rowdy teenagers outside my house: my few cautionary words were met with a hail of stones, too small to injure but enough to frighten and humiliate.’
    • ‘It won't be long now until it will be no longer safe to walk the streets, without hoards of mad students in tartan trousers and kaftans accosting you with home made fliers.’
    speak to, talk to, call to, shout to, hail, initiate a discussion with
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Late 16th century (originally in the sense ‘lie or go alongside’): from French accoster, from Italian accostare, from Latin ad- ‘to’ + costa ‘rib, side’.