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accost

verb [T]  /əˈkɔst, əˈkɑst/ us  
to approach or stop and speak to someone in a threatening way: They were accosted at a bus stop by someone who said he needed money. Note: Usually the person who stops you or speaks to you is someone you do not know.
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