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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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siege mentality

The belief that one is constantly under attack and must protect oneself from hostility. Don't be surprised if Ned reacts to you with anger—he has a siege mentality that makes it difficult for him to see anything positively. Many people living in that war-torn country have developed a siege mentality.
See also: mentality, siege

under siege

1. Literally, surrounded by the armed forces of the military or police, unable to leave or escape. The city remained under siege for nearly three months. By the time they finally surrendered, their citizens were starved nearly half to death.
2. Facing increasing pressure or difficulty. The company's stocks have been under siege as news of the scandal continues to spook investors.
3. Subject to criticisms or personal attacks from various different sources or angles. I've been under siege lately, with people from around the company coming to complain about the software issue.
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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.
See also: lay, siege, something

under ˈsiege

1 surrounded by an army or the police: The city has now been under siege for more than three weeks.
2 being criticized all the time or put under pressure by problems, questions, etc: The dollar came under siege on Monday, falling to its lowest for three years.
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Sieges, among the oldest and most recognized forms of warfare, are often poorly understood by military planners and policymakers alike.
An example of this innovative technology is Sieges threat quantification engine, engineered to replicate a network configuration at a high level of detail within minutes and mathematically predict the effects of offensive and defensive cyber operations.
La methode de calcul des sieges regionaux va comme suit : pour le premier siege regional, il faut diviser le nombre de votes obtenus dans la region par chaque parti ou chaque candidat regional, par le nombre de sieges locaux que chaque parti a obtenus, plus 1.
Dans les chambres basse et haute du Parlement national, 25pc des sieges sont reserves a des deputes militaires, designes par le chef de l'armee.
One of the key points made by Chrastil concerns the various ways in which the line between combatants and non-combatants was becoming increasingly blurred over the course of this war, although sieges of large population centres, by their very nature, have always made this distinction problematic.
The siege imposed by Israel on the Gaza Strip is regarded as one of the most brutal and repressive sieges ; particularly as it has its economical and political motives, both in the long and short term.
But it has succeeded in upgrading the intensity of its wars and perpetual sieges on Palestinians - somehow normalizing such violent and inhumane realities, which are carefully criticised by some and wholeheartedly accepted or defended by others.
Ce parti a obtenu sept deputes (59 pour l'ensemble islamiste) sur 462 sieges a la nouvelle assemblee nationale.
Julia Osman, Professor of History at Mississippi State University, discusses France's proficiency at sieges during the American Revolution.
He largely eschews chronology, finding it of little importance except in terms of technological developments, and instead seeks to describe the general characteristics of military, legal, economic, and social aspects of sieges.
People have made parallels between the two sieges, but they are very different.
In one of Britain's other longest sieges, hostage-taker Steven Wood, aged 39, held two women captive in a house during a 14day stand-off in Hull during June, 1995.
A la surprise de la plupart des observateurs, le Parti du Yukon a remporte une eclatante victoire, en s'appropriant 12 des 18 sieges de l'Assemblee.
These weapons being hard to move and slow to fire, they were most effectively used either in sieges or on the tactical defensive until more rapid means of loading and firing were developed.
Malcolm Hebron's wide-ranging study draws on military handbooks, patristic commentaries, and writings in French and Catalan in order to examine the variety of uses the imagery and subject-matter of sieges could be put to in Middle English romances.