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siege/ˈsiːʤ/noun
pluralsieges
siege
/ˈsiːʤ/
noun
pluralsieges
Learner's definition of SIEGE  
: a situation in which soldiers or police officers surround a city, building, etc., in order to try to take control of it
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[count]  : a serious and lasting attack of something — usually singular

lay siege to (something or someone)

: to surround (a city, building, etc.) with soldiers or police officers in order to try to take control of it
: to attack (something or someone) constantly or repeatedly — usually used figuratively

under siege

: surrounded with soldiers or police officers in a siege
: very seriously attacked or criticized by many people
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