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accost (verb) to go up to a person and speak to them first, rather rudely or threateningly.
When a stranger meets you and talks to you rudely, they accost you. When a drunken man approaches you threateningly, he accosts you.
- She was very frightened when, alone on her way home, a couple of drunks accosted her.
- As he walked up the alley, he was accosted by a young girl he had not seen before.