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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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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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Carentan is in the grip of a snow storm, and under siege by a counterinsurgent German Wehrmacht force," (https://community.
HE Qatar's Ambassador to Belgium and Head of Qatari Missions to EU and NATO Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al Khulaifi has inaugurated the activities of the Middle East Dialogue Center in Brussels, HE the Ambassador addressed the first symposium organized by the Center under the title "State of Qatar - A Hundred Days Under Siege.
Of course we refused that because we do not need them, even while under siege.
In sum, despite its growing popularity as a counterinsurgency strategy, siege warfare rarely is effective to defeat an enemy, seize or control important terrain, or change the balance of power to end a war--barring a major outside intervention or a willingness on the part of the counterinsurgent to nearly level the area under siege.
Bowyer Bell, Besieged: Seven Cities under Siege (New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction, 2006).
They made it clear that the plans to place Gaza under siege came years before Hamas' victory in the Palestinian legislative council elections and its subsequent violent clashes with rival Fatah.
of Jerusalem) draws his information from literary sources, including the Sumerian "Curse of Akkad" and the "Lamentation on the Destruction of Ur," various books of the Bible, royal inscriptions, and the writings of Greek historians; nonliterary documents such as legal documents from places under siege, documents dealing with divination, mathematical texts with engineering exercises concerning siege technology; artistic depictions of siege warfare; and archaeological evidence.
Not only because it is the duty of moral people to protest injustice, and especially injustice perpetrated by their own country, its government and its armed forces, but also because we, inhabitants of Israel, could never live in peace and quiet, while the Gazans live under siege and in terrible poverty.
The militants were not Iranian students or Saudi fundamentalists, but Chinese peasants, known as ``Boxers,'' who for two months held the Western diplomatic and commercial quarter under siege.
King Zedekiah forbade discouraging talk about the city of Jerusalem under siege by the Babylonians, and we can be sure that Jesus' talk of destruction was forbidden by the chief priests and scribes.
Like every other contemporary teen-demon tract, Parents Under Siege is empirically challenged.
In November 1992 I found myself at a literary conference in Strasbourg, France, speaking on a subject I knew only too well - culture under siege.
Blockade Diary comprises two sections: "Blockade Diary" and a separate unit titled "Blockade Diary Addenda," which contains the three subsections "Notes Under Siege," "Paralysis," and "Excerpts from a Siege Day.
Al-Haq's 1989 annual report, A Nation Under Siege, by comparison shows how the conceptualization behind Punishing a Nation reflected only a partial transition from the conventions dominant before the uprising.
Many of the attendees knew Johnson for a long time, while some of them knew him only during the hours when the cafe was under siege by Man Haron Monis.
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