harry

When one army sends raiding parties into another's territory, they're harrying them. They're not making an all-out attack, they're just trying to bother and distract the other army.

Although harry is not a word you hear commonly now, it does frequently occur as harried — which is an adjective used to describe what it feels like to be asked for things from all sides. You might feel harried during final exams, or two days before Christmas, if you haven't yet started your shopping.

Definitions of harry
  1. verb
    make a pillaging or destructive raid on (a place), as in wartimes
    synonyms: ravage
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    type of:
    destroy, ruin
    destroy completely; damage irreparably
  2. verb
    annoy continually or chronically
    “He is known to harry his staff when he is overworked”
    synonyms: beset, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, harass, hassle, molest, plague, provoke
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    goad, needle
    goad or provoke,as by constant criticism
    bedevil, crucify, dun, frustrate, rag, torment
    treat cruelly
    haze
    harass by imposing humiliating or painful tasks, as in military institutions
    madden
    drive up the wall; go on someone's nerves
    hamstring
    make ineffective or powerless
    badger, beleaguer, bug, pester, tease
    annoy persistently
    oppress, persecute
    cause to suffer
    type of:
    annoy, bother, chafe, devil, get at, get to, gravel, irritate, nark, nettle, rag, rile, vex
    cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
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