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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!"
See also: lay, siege

a siege mentality

the belief that you must protect yourself because other people are going to attack you Many designers develop a siege mentality because they're terrified someone will steal their ideas.
See also: mentality, siege
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The enemy discovering our counter-mine, by the clay we threw out of the fort, desisted from that stratagem: And experience now fully convincing them that neither their power nor policy could effect their purpose, on the twentieth day of August they raised the siege, and departed.
During this dreadful siege, which threatened death in every form, we had two men killed, and four wounded, besides a number of cattle.
said Musqueton; "I think I should like the siege of Rochelle better than this war, then
At one of the entertainments given at the Province House, during the latter part of the siege of Boston, there passed a scene which has never yet been satisfactorily explained.
Portions of their attire had probably been worn at the siege of Louisburg, and the coats of most recent cut might have been rent and tattered by sword, ball, or bayonet, as long ago as Wolfe's victory.
As the siege of Louisburg was one of the most remarkable events that ever the inhabitants of New England were engaged in, Grandfather endeavored to give his auditors a lively idea of the spirit with which they set about it.
The English Parliament," replied Grandfather, "agreed to pay the colonists for all the expenses of the siege.
It was a rare thing and a joyful, to see all the ship's family abroad once more, albeit the happiness that sat upon every countenance could only partly conceal the ravages which that long siege of storms had wrought there.
Gibraltar has stood several protracted sieges, one of them of nearly four years' duration (it failed), and the English only captured it by stratagem.
Lay siege to the church, burst in the doors, drag out the beautiful girl, save her from the judges, save her from the priests, dismantle the cloister, burn the bishop in his palace--all this we will do in less time than it takes for a burgomaster to eat a spoonful of soup.
And then, I am like the Marshal de Gié at the siege of Pontoise, I have my right resting on a hillock.
They have commenced the siege of Belle-Isle," replied the officer.
At present he is hesitating whom to lay siege to- you or Mademoiselle Julie Karagina.
Possibly our most exasperating experience on the fish patrol was when Charley Le Grant and I laid a two weeks' siege to a big four- masted English ship.
In addition, it is excellent as a material, and I well remember that during the war, at the siege of Atlanta, some iron guns fired one thousand rounds at intervals of twenty minutes without injury.