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lay siege (third-person singular simple present lays siege, present participle laying siege, simple past and past participle laid siege)

  1. To besiege, to engage in a siege; used with to or against.
    • 2019 May 5, Danette Chavez, “Campaigns are waged on and off the Game Of Thrones battlefield (newbies)”, in The A.V. Club[1]:
      And Jon—sweet, dull Jon—almost immediately shares his big secret with his sister-cousins, even though it means shattering the appearance of a united front, which is kind of important, since they are about to attempt to lay siege to King’s Landing.
    • 1611, Authorized King James Version, Ezekiel 4:2,
      And lay siege against it, and build a fort against it, and cast a mount against it; set the camp also against it, and set battering rams against it round about.
  2. (figuratively) To attack continually over a long period.
    They're laying siege to all we hold dear.
    • 2012 April 22, Sam Sheringham, “Liverpool 0-1 West Brom”, in BBC Sport[2]:
      The Reds laid siege to the Albion goal throughout, with Jordan Henderson striking the underside of the bar and Dirk Kuyt the inside of the post.