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lay siege to

To surround and attack a place (often a city or building) with armed troops. A: "The army has laid siege to our town!" B: "I knew we should have evacuated sooner!"
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lay ˈsiege to something

surround a building, especially in order to speak to or question the person or people living or working there: The press and paparazzi laid siege to the star’s London flat in the hope of getting a photograph of her.
A siege is a military operation in which an army tries to capture a town by surrounding it and stopping the supply of food, etc. to the people inside.
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Buckingham felt himself a prey to all the tortures of jealousy; an unknown, unheard of anguish glided through his veins, and laid siege to his heart; and then, as if to show that he knew the folly of his conduct, and that he wished to correct, by the humblest submission, his flights of absurdity, he mastered his horse, and compelled him, reeking with sweat and flecked with foam, to champ his bit close beside the carriage, amidst the crowd of courtiers.
Then, coming forth from the woods, they laid siege to thy castle, and for two days they girt us in and shot hard against us, with such numbers as were a marvel to see.
But the oracle comes because we had previously laid siege to the shrine.
Daiser was reportedly one of 100 inmates sprung by members of the Maute group when they laid siege to sections of Marawi City in May last year.
Locals said that a gunshot was heard in the village soon after the forces laid siege to the village.
Multan -- Hundreds of daily wagers of health department laid siege to the health office and broke the door of CEO Health office against the termination of their services and non-payment of six month wages here on Wednesday.
And they later tried to attack him at a nightclub in the city's China Town - forcing the victim to barricade himself in a function room they had laid siege to, it was alleged.
Sources said Rangers laid siege to the houses of Abid Bhayo in order to mount pressure for the recovery of people abducted from Hyderabad and Karachi.
2) Armed siege at Quarmby flats over as police arrest man Heavily-armed police laid siege to two flats in Quarmby following a police chase from Bradford.
Latest reports from inside the besieged Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi suggest that the Somali al-Shabaab militants who laid siege to the mall on Saturday continue to occupy the building, and have taken an unknown number of hostages.
Armed militia laid siege to Libya's Foreign Ministry, demanding the ouster of diplomats who held high-ranking positions in the Gaddafi regime.
Wolves then laid siege to the United goal and should have been awarded a penalty when Steven Taylor fouled Jamie O'Hara.
The atrocity was the first major attack on Mumbai since November 2008, when 10 militants laid siege to the city for 60 hours.
Angry fans laid siege to the match officials' changing room after the Tigers lost 22-20 at home to Catalans Dragons in June, actions the tribunal called "completely unacceptable".
Police laid siege to the embassy until Gaddafi persuaded the Iron Lady to let all the Libyans go.