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The Turks besieged Vienna
  to surround with armed forces, and cut-off supplies or attack


to make an overwhelming number of requests, complaints, or comments — typically in an annoying manner and sometimes while surrounding
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  • The Turks besieged Vienna
  • Helicopters dropped food and medicine into the besieged city.
  • The photographers besieged the movie star.
  • She was besieged by so many problems that she got discouraged

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  • ’It’s like being in a besieged castle,’ Phyllis said; ’look at the arrows of the foe striking against the battlements!’
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • It’s no good going back to Anvard, it’ll all be besieged.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • The Adamant Citadel is besieged!
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • The people in charge of the hospital thought it might be difficult for them to stay at the hospital because they would be besieged by journalists, and they wanted to protect us at this critical stage in my recovery.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • Soon I was besieged by women bearing broken radios and broken fans and seeking repair for things in their cubicles—hooks for their clothing, loose conduits, busted shoe racks, all sorts of things.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Corporal Endo had no such physical problems, save his acne, and so I began to consider the possibility that his expressions were of a besieged mind, one perhaps innately tenuous and fragile and now—under duress—grown sickly and ornate.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life

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  • I inflicted a plague on the Greeks who besieged Troy.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • She did not have a chance to respond, because we were at her house, and she was more interested in besieging her father with questions.
    Sharon Creech  --  Walk Two Moons
  • While his directive did succeed in reducing the sparrow population, he had neglected to consider that birds also eat bugs; suddenly, the nation was besieged by a plague of insects.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • One of the dreams besieged me, nearly ruined me.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Other days, Mariam was besieged with anger.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • They besieged the local UNHCR office, demanding to know the whereabouts of men who had applied to the UN for safety.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • The social atmosphere is that of a besieged city, where the possession of a lump of horseflesh makes the difference between wealth and poverty.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • The great sprinter kept a fatherly eye on him; Louie repaid him by swiping his DO NOT DISTURB sign, leaving poor Owens besieged by autograph seekers.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • But they closed round at night, and I was besieged on the hill-top, in the old ring of Amon Sul.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Adah the Poor Thing, hemiplegious egregious besiege us.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • He had by now had more than enough of the Mountain, and being besieged inside it was not at all to his taste.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • The Football Fathers were besieged with demands from fans and the football team to do something.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • Ever since I was condemned, my confessor has besieged me; he threatened and menaced, until I almost began to think that I was the monster that he said I was.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Doubt besieged him.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Grant was besieged with requests for interviews, lectures, books.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • Royalty was gone; had been besieged in its Palace and "suspended," when the last tidings came over.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • All day long the gates of the packing houses were besieged by starving and penniless men; they came, literally, by the thousands every single morning, fighting with each other for a chance for life.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • In the back hall my father greeted Buckley and Nate with high cheers and calls for "Oxygen!" as he always did when we besieged him after a long day.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • We are to besiege Arras.
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • She was besieged by a storm of conflicting emotions—desire, regret, longing, fear, grief, love.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • An enemy army besieged the city, and the people prayed for help.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • A beleaguered sprite was sheltering behind her ticket desk, besieged by angry gremlins.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • The thought of the countryside was like the thought of a continent beyond an ocean that could not be crossed; it gave him a sense of being locked in a besieged fortress and he liked that—not the fact, but the feeling.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Also, it seemed to him that the fort was besieged by wolves.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • I am besieged by the clans with demands that I do one thing or another about Ajihad’s successor.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • She was watching him proudly from the far end of the salon, where a court of admirers had surrounded her, besieging her with questions about her part in the revolution.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • This way of life looked distinctly odd in the besieged city of Warsaw.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • The enemies of God besiege us.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • At the denunciating sound, the monks would be rendered aware that temptation was besieging a brother, and all the community would go to prayers.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • It was a night of little ease to his toiling mind, toiling in mere darkness and besieged by questions.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • The staircase has two stories; the English, besieged on the staircase, and massed on its upper steps, had cut off the lower steps.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • [2] It was not Attila, but Totila, who in 542 besieged Florence, and, according to false popular tradition, burned it.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • True, the Yankees under Grant had been besieging Vicksburg since the middle of May.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Just after dark that day, when one watch had retired below, a clamor was heard in the forecastle; and the two trembling traitors running up, besieged the cabin door, saying they durst not consort with the crew.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Intense nightmares besieged me.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • But like this, Siddhartha can wait calmly, he knows no impatience, he knows no emergency, for a long time he can allow hunger to besiege him and can laugh about it.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha
  • My father great Akhilleus killed when he besieged and plundered Thebe, our high town, citadel of Kilikians.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Though the rock, the trees, and the shrubs, were cut and torn in a hundred places around the besieged, their cover was so close, and so rigidly maintained, that, as yet, David had been the only sufferer in their little band.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • The long-legged veteran, who had been besieging the fire-iron, as before related, now took down his cumbrous length, and rearing aloft his tall form, walked up to the advertisement and very deliberately spit a full discharge of tobacco-juice on it.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • But I understand by the besieging of this castle she may forbear thy fellowship.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
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