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Definition a military tactic in which a fortified place is surrounded and isolated while it is attacked over time

or:

any prolonged attack, effort, or period of trouble
  • The Siege of Leningrad lasted 872 days.
siege = the surrounding and prolonged attack
  • The company feels under siege.
  • Vicksburg had fallen, fallen after a long and bitter siege,
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • siege = a military tactic in which a fortified place is surrounded and isolated while it is attacked over time
  • I saw Two Tails and two other elephants harnessed in line to a forty-pounder siege gun,
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
  • siege = relating to the attack of a fortified place
  • 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
  • siege = a military tactic in which a fortified place is surrounded and isolated while it is attacked over time
  • On the fifth day I had read up to Sherman's siege of Atlanta in Gone with the Wind,
    S.E. Hinton  --  The Outsiders
  • siege = military attack
  • 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
  • siege = a military tactic in which a fortified place is surrounded and isolated while it is attacked over time
  • Hundreds of enemies had given way before Max during the Siege of Rowan.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • siege = a military tactic in which a fortified place is surrounded and isolated while it is attacked over time

    or:

    any prolonged attack, effort, or period of trouble
  • The poem in which the Greek, poet, Homer, describes the siege and fall of Troy.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • It was like being under siege.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • He had not telephoned Roark since the beginning of the siege.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • 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
  • The Siege of the Fairies.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • 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
  • The Iliad is the story of the siege of Troy, which will fall in the dust, and of its defenders who will be killed in battle.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • A siege would be a miserable anticlimax.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • 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
  • Helen said, "Perhaps the Wilcoxes are beginning the siege."
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • So here, after all my elaborate preparations for the siege of the White Sphinx, was a meek surrender.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • 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

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