harrow

To harrow is to cause worry and upset, the way a truly scary movie might harrow you, making it hard to sleep without turning on the light.

Harrow is an uncommon verb; you're much more likely to hear the adjective harrowing used for things that are extremely distressing. But if your cat torments nightly you with her incessant meowing, you might try yelling, "Why do you harrow me?" The original context of this word was religious, meaning "to ravage in Hell."

Definitions of harrow
  1. noun
    a cultivator that pulverizes or smooths the soil
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    types:
    disc harrow, disk harrow
    a harrow with a series of disks set on edge at an angle
    type of:
    cultivator, tiller
    a farm implement used to break up the surface of the soil (for aeration and weed control and conservation of moisture)
  2. verb
    draw a harrow over (land)
    synonyms: disk
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    type of:
    plough, plow, turn
    to break and turn over earth especially with a plow
  3. verb
    cause to feel distress
    synonyms: aggrieve, grieve
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    type of:
    afflict
    cause great unhappiness for; distress
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