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besiege
used in The Hunchback of Notre Dame

9 uses
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Definition
to surround with armed forces, and cut-off supplies or attack

or:

to make an overwhelming number of requests, complaints, or comments — typically in an annoying manner and sometimes while surrounding
  • The populace is besieging Notre-Dame.
    2.10.5 — Vol 2 Bk 10 Chpt 5 — The Retreat in which.... (92% in)
  • That crowd which the four sergeants posted at nine o'clock in the morning at the four corners of the pillory had inspired with the hope of some sort of an execution, no doubt, not a hanging, but a whipping, a cropping of ears, something, in short,—that crowd had increased so rapidly that the four policemen, too closely besieged, had had occasion to "press" it, as the expression then ran, more than once, by sound blows of their whips, and the haunches of their horses.
    1.6.4 — Vol 1 Bk 6 Chpt 4 — A Tear for a Drop of Water (5% in)
  • A sound of wrath and grief followed the first cries of triumph among the besiegers.
    2.10.4 — Vol 2 Bk 10 Chpt 4 — An Awkward Friend (87% in)
  • How do you permit yourself, knave, to go and besiege our friend, monsieur the bailiff of the palace, and what have you to say concerning this popular agitation?
    2.10.5 — Vol 2 Bk 10 Chpt 5 — The Retreat in which.... (58% in)
  • Caught on the flank, by the Rue SaintPierre-aux-Boeufs, and in the rear through the Rue du Parvis, driven to bay against Notre-Dame, which they still assailed and Quasimodo defended, at the same time besiegers and besieged, they were in the singular situation in which Comte Henri Harcourt, ~Taurinum obsessor idem et obsessus~, as his epitaph says, found himself later on, at the famous siege of Turin, in 1640, between Prince Thomas of Savoy, whom he was besieging, and the Marquis de...
    2.10.7 — Vol 2 Bk 10 Chpt 7 — Chateaupers to the Rescue (36% in)
  • Caught on the flank, by the Rue SaintPierre-aux-Boeufs, and in the rear through the Rue du Parvis, driven to bay against Notre-Dame, which they still assailed and Quasimodo defended, at the same time besiegers and besieged, they were in the singular situation in which Comte Henri Harcourt, ~Taurinum obsessor idem et obsessus~, as his epitaph says, found himself later on, at the famous siege of Turin, in 1640, between Prince Thomas of Savoy, whom he was besieging, and the Marquis de...
    2.10.7 — Vol 2 Bk 10 Chpt 7 — Chateaupers to the Rescue (36% in)
  • ...SaintPierre-aux-Boeufs, and in the rear through the Rue du Parvis, driven to bay against Notre-Dame, which they still assailed and Quasimodo defended, at the same time besiegers and besieged, they were in the singular situation in which Comte Henri Harcourt, ~Taurinum obsessor idem et obsessus~, as his epitaph says, found himself later on, at the famous siege of Turin, in 1640, between Prince Thomas of Savoy, whom he was besieging, and the Marquis de Leganez, who was blockading him.
    2.10.7 — Vol 2 Bk 10 Chpt 7 — Chateaupers to the Rescue (42% in)
  • But little by little the first vapors of terror had been dissipated; from the constantly increasing noise, and from many other signs of reality, she felt herself besieged not by spectres, but by human beings.
    2.11.1 — Vol 2 Bk 11 Chpt 1 — The Little Shoe (2% in)
  • Quasimodo, left alone in that vast Notre-Dame, so besieged and tumultuous but a short time before, once more betook himself to the cell where the gypsy had slept for so many weeks under his guardianship.
    2.11.2 — Vol 2 Bk 11 Chpt 2 — The Beautiful Creature.... (11% in)

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