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used in 1776

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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
  • Supplying the besieged city by sea had become increasingly difficult because of winter storms and American privateers.
    p. 60.9
  • The miseries of the troops still besieged at Boston, and of those Americans loyal to the King who, fearing for their lives, had abandoned everything to find refuge in the town, were also described in letters published in the London papers or in correspondence to friends and relatives in London.
    p. 8.6
  • At Boston, Washington had benefited greatly from a steady supply of valuable intelligence coming out of the besieged town, while Howe had known little or nothing of Washington's strengths or intentions.
    p. 119.8

There are no more uses of "besiege" in 1776.

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