Definition of Repulsing:
If we give way it will be practicable enough, in spite of its natural difficulty, without a defender; and the enemy will instantly become more formidable from the difficulty he will have in retreating, supposing that we succeed in repulsing him, which we shall find it easier to do, while he is on board his ships, than after he has landed and meets us on equal terms.- "The History of the Peloponnesian War", Thucydides.
Therefore it was agreed that in this way we should tempt them; for we knew that they looked with ridicule upon our rustic preparations; after repulsing King's troopers, and the militia of two counties, was it likely that they should yield their fortress to a set of ploughboys?- "Lorna Doone, A Romance of Exmoor", R. D. Blackmore.
- "The Orpheus C. Kerr Papers. Series 1", Robert H. Newell.