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The Siege of Leningrad lasted 872 days.
  a military tactic in which a fortified place is surrounded and isolated while it is attacked over time


any prolonged attack, effort, or period of trouble
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  • The Siege of Leningrad lasted 872 days.
  • The company feels under siege.
  • Vicksburg had fallen, fallen after a long and bitter siege,
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • On the fifth day I had read up to Sherman’s siege of Atlanta in Gone with the Wind,
    S.E. Hinton  --  The Outsiders

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  • the Witch and her crew will almost certainly fall back to her House and prepare for a siege.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • I saw Two Tails and two other elephants harnessed in line to a forty-pounder siege gun,
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
  • Look at the siege of Mont St. Michel, at which it was considered unsporting to win through the defenders’ lack of water.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Hundreds of enemies had given way before Max during the Siege of Rowan.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • The siege went on until late on 9 July, when the commander of the special forces outside was killed by a sniper in one of the minarets.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • They’re death traps, every one of them, containing the very bloodiest episodes from London’s history—the Great Fire of 1666; the exceedingly lethal Viking Siege of 842; the pestilent height of the terrible Plague!
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City

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  • I’d seen photos of planes like these at Martin’s museum, in a display titled "Cairnholm under Siege."
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Uncle Albert also got the message, or perhaps he had received more direct communications, for when the song was done Angeline and George trotted buoyantly off together, while Albert mooched morosely down to the den and settled himself in for an all-night siege of pups.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • It was like being under siege.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • "You have the same look Cassandra had in Troy, or Jim Bowie at the Alamo—as if you’re under siege."
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • "They don’t understand it’s sabotage, that we’re a city under siege."
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • They found five old Pepsi bottles which they washed and filled with water, in case, as Leslie said, "of siege."
    Katherine Paterson  --  Bridge to Terabithia
  • In olden days, when the town was under siege, it was used by soldiers to store food and supplies for the people of Nove Mesto.
    Karen Levine  --  Hana’s Suitcase
  • Yes, it was at White Plains after all, but the Rebels had it under seige.
    James Lincoln Collier  --  My Brother Sam is Dead
  • For three thousand years, this little promontory has known sieges.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • There was something actually indecent about the idea, like laying siege to a recently bereaved widow.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He was even suspected of sabotaging a siege engine and getting his own centurion killed during the war games.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • Even the strongest body could not endure the consuming ravages of high fever for more than a day or two, and Jamie had little strength left to see him through such a siege.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • By 1990 he had laid siege to Monrovia.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • They were in for a siege, that was plainly to be seen.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • He had not telephoned Roark since the beginning of the siege.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • But all such places will soon become islands under siege, if things go on as they are going.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • In consequence I embarked for Oran, and went from thence to Constantine, where I arrived just in time to witness the raising of the siege.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Then the city acted in wartime like an intelligent woman under siege.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • The travellers defended themselves bravely; some of the cars were barricaded, and sustained a siege, like moving forts, carried along at a speed of a hundred miles an hour.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Poseidon was under siege and losing a war against the sea Titan Oceanus.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • They would stand a siege for weeks, and by that time yet more dwarves might come, and yet more, for Thorin had many relatives.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • He had read of marches, sieges, conflicts, and he had longed to see it all.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • What we’re concerned about is how you’ll be able to hold up in a battle that may drag on for hours, or even weeks if it’s a siege.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • At the very beginning of the seventeenth century it underwent a siege of three weeks and lost 13,000 people, the casualties of war proper being assisted by famine and disease.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • (Lise, who is talking tenderly to the musketeer, starts, and comes down toward Cyrano): So this fine captain is laying siege to you?
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Will you tell me that they did not lay siege to the hotel of the Duc de la Tremouille, and that they did not endeavor to burn it?
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Only those things he always kept with him remained in his room; a small box, a large canteen fitted with silver plate, two Turkish pistols and a saber—a present from his father who had brought it from the siege of Ochakov.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • They seemed to have subdued the hoodlums inside the mills, and only the siege at the front gate remained to be beaten.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • She will not stay the siege of loving terms Nor bide th’ encounter of assailing eyes, Nor ope her lap to saint-seducing gold: O, she’s rich in beauty; only poor That, when she dies, with beauty dies her store.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • Do you guys spend a lot of time laying siege to fortified cities?
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • And death is less bitter than to live on and never have the beauty that we came here laying siege to so many days.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • So here, after all my elaborate preparations for the siege of the White Sphinx, was a meek surrender.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • I read some history further on Now, in 1760, Dresden underwent siege by the Prussians.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • But, however well we fought, we never won siege or battle and all our bouts ended with Joe Dillon’s war dance of victory.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • Meanwhile the siege of Warsaw, the first chapter in the city’s tragic story, was coming to an end.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • How cam’st thou to be the siege of this moon-calf?
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • [3] [1] Eteocles and Polynices, sons of Oedipus and Jocaste, who, contending at the siege of Thebes, slew each other.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • CHAPTER XXVII THE SIEGE OF KEMP’S HOUSE Kemp read a strange missive, written in pencil on a greasy sheet of paper.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • I settled my bill at that huge counter that was always under siege by a considerable crowd.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Lupin’s news seemed to have taken them out of themselves, removed them for a while from their state of siege: Tidings of new life were exhilarating.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
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