Beset by

To be "beset by" something is to be affected negatively by it



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In today’s episode, you’ll hear that Brazil has been beset by corruption among public officials. This means the country has been negatively affected by corruption. Here are a few other ways you can use the phrase: A sports team is beset by injuries (meaning their star players are injured and so the team is negatively affected). A politician is beset by scandals (the politician’s career or popularity is brought down by scandals). A business is beset by supply shortages (the business can’t make its products because it can’t get supplies).

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