Word of the Day – May 14, 2012

beleaguered (verb)

bee LEE guhrd

surrounded or beset, as with troubles; besieged

Middle-class Americans today feel hard pressed and beleaguered — and they are. Nobody could possibly argue that even a well-above-the-median $50,000 a year in household income will put one on easy street. It’s hard to make it on a typical middle-class income today — when paychecks barely keep up with the cost of homes, of college educations, and even of necessities.
Peter G. Peterson     October 1993

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