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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