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Trouble or annoy (someone) with frequent or persistent requests or interruptions:‘she constantly pestered him with telephone calls’
badger, hound, annoy, bother, harass, trouble, plague, irritate, irk, chivvy, keep afterpersecute, torment, molest, bedevil, besiege, harry, worry, beleaguer, nag, dun, importunehassle, bug, aggravate, give someone a hard time, get on someone's nerves, drive round the bend, drive up the wall, get in someone's hair, get up someone's nose, get at, get on someone's backmitherride, devilView synonyms
- ‘While on the hunt for a new job, she becomes fascinated with the middle-aged manager of a middle-aged clothing store and pesters him into hiring her.’
- ‘If your children are pestering you for super-trendy labelled gear, this is the place to visit.’
- ‘Most of the popular girls from my school constantly pestered me for a picture of him, but I never gave them anything.’
- ‘I don't want a situation that we had in the past where people were pestering players for tickets ahead of big games.’
- ‘Poor Sarah Jane must have been wearing something that they liked as she was pestered from the moment we arrived.’
- ‘He pestered his mother for a piano, and soon was trying to replicate the sound on a tiny Casio keyboard.’
- ‘Hundreds of youngsters got their first taste of a day at the races in the Rails Enclosure, with many pestering their parents to place bets for them.’
- ‘Unscrupulous companies will instead pester you with annoying phone calls or unannounced visits.’
- ‘She might never have left home had her husband-to-be Patrick not pestered her with repeated proposals.’
- ‘Emily split up from Rushton but he pestered her with constant text messages and phone calls.’
- ‘My wife had been pestering me to take her shopping for the boys' presents, and I had been putting her off.’
- ‘He irritates me because each time I pass, he blocks my way and pesters me to give money, and wastes my time.’
- ‘The idea of running around pestering my friends for votes is quite distasteful.’
- ‘He later bombarded the 43-year-old woman with calls on her mobile phone, pestering her for a date.’
- ‘The more she pesters him with emotional calls, the more irritated he becomes.’
- ‘If he keeps pestering you, talk to a school guidance counselor or other adult you trust to intervene.’
- ‘In 1975 she pestered her parents to go to see The Osmonds perform live at Earls Court in London.’
- ‘No waiters pestered us to buy more drinks or ask us to vacate the table, even though there were probably hungry diners waiting upstairs.’
- ‘She pestered her parents for years to let her go to Germany, with which she had developed a fascination.’
- ‘Hayley apologises to Lisa for sticking her nose in the other day and pestering her about her husband, Alan.’
Mid 16th century (in the senses ‘overcrowd (a place)’ and ‘impede (a person)’): from French empestrer encumber, influenced by pest. The current sense is an extension of an earlier use, ‘infest’, referring to vermin.
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