One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘they hope for an answer to the riddle of why he was killed’
puzzle, conundrum, brain-teaser, Chinese puzzle, problem, unsolved problem, question, poser, enigma, mystery, quandary, paradox
1‘his car was riddled by sniper fire’
perforate, hole, make holes in, punch holes in, put holes in, pierce, penetrate, puncture, honeycomb, pepper
prick, gore, bore through, transfix
2‘he died eight months later, riddled with cancer’
permeate, suffuse, fill, pervade, spread through, imbue, inform, charge, saturate, overrun, take over, overspread, infiltrate, run through, filter through, be diffused through, invade, beset, pester, plague
3‘when sowing small seeds, the soil must be riddled’
sieve, sift, strain, screen, filter, purify, refine, winnow
archaic bolt, griddle
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