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1‘an outbreak of plague’
bubonic plague, pneumonic plague, the Black Death
contagious disease, contagion, epidemic, pandemic
archaic pestilence, the pest, murrain
2‘another hot summer has produced a plague of cat fleas’
huge number, infestation, epidemic, invasion, influx, swarm, multitude, host
3‘staff theft is usually the plague of restaurants’
bane, curse, scourge, affliction, blight, cancer, canker
1‘he has been plagued by poor health’
afflict, bedevil, cause suffering to, torture, torment, trouble, beset, dog, curse, rack
2‘he was plaguing her with questions’
pester, harass, badger, bother, torment, persecute, bedevil, harry, hound, disturb, trouble, be a nuisance to, keep after, irritate, worry, nag, annoy, vex, molest
Northern English mither
informal hassle, bug, aggravate, give someone a hard time, drive up the wall, drive round the bend
North American informal devil, ride
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