MEANING: verb tr.: To harass or chase.

ETYMOLOGY: After Achilles, a hero in the Greek mythology. When his close friend Patroclus is killed by Hector, a vengeful Achilles chases Hector around the wall of Troy three times. Also, he causes great carnage among Trojans. Earliest documented use: 1672. Also see Achilles’ heel.

NOTES: Achilles is better known for his heel, but his anger is so prominent that it’s a popular subject in paintings. For example, The Wrath of Achilles (1630-1635) by Peter Paul Rubens, The Rage of Achilles (1757) by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, and La Colère d’Achille (1847) by Léon Benouville.

A.C. HILL ICE - we'll air-condition the entire mountain!

A CHILD LIZE - but then, all kids stretch the truth at times

A CHILLI ZED - the British alphabet ends coldly
(or hotly, from a culinary viewpoint)