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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 afterView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘She might never have left home had her husband-to-be Patrick not pestered her with repeated proposals.’
- ‘Most of the popular girls from my school constantly pestered me for a picture of him, but I never gave them anything.’
- ‘If he keeps pestering you, talk to a school guidance counselor or other adult you trust to intervene.’
- ‘My wife had been pestering me to take her shopping for the boys' presents, and I had been putting her off.’
- ‘Unscrupulous companies will instead pester you with annoying phone calls or unannounced visits.’
- ‘The idea of running around pestering my friends for votes is quite distasteful.’
- ‘Hayley apologises to Lisa for sticking her nose in the other day and pestering her about her husband, Alan.’
- ‘She pestered her parents for years to let her go to Germany, with which she had developed a fascination.’
- ‘In 1975 she pestered her parents to go to see The Osmonds perform live at Earls Court in London.’
- ‘He pestered his mother for a piano, and soon was trying to replicate the sound on a tiny Casio keyboard.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘No waiters pestered us to buy more drinks or ask us to vacate the table, even though there were probably hungry diners waiting upstairs.’
- ‘Poor Sarah Jane must have been wearing something that they liked as she was pestered from the moment we arrived.’
- ‘He irritates me because each time I pass, he blocks my way and pesters me to give money, and wastes my time.’
- ‘Emily split up from Rushton but he pestered her with constant text messages and phone calls.’
- ‘I don't want a situation that we had in the past where people were pestering players for tickets ahead of big games.’
- ‘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 your children are pestering you for super-trendy labelled gear, this is the place to visit.’
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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