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besiege with (something)

1. Literally, to attack with something. A person or group can be named between "besiege" and "with." We besieged the attacking army with cannon fire.
2. To overwhelm with something. A person or group can be named between "besiege" and "with." I haven't been able to finish that report because I've been besieged with phone calls all morning. The kids have been besieging me with questions, so I just need a moment of quiet.
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besiege someone or something with something

 
1. Lit. to attack someone or a group with something. We besieged the enemy with bombs and bullets.
2. Fig. to overwhelm someone or something with something They besieged us with orders for the new book. We besieged the company with complaints.
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With image after image, allusion after allusion, The Waste Land powerfully evokes the betrayal and besiegement of waning empire, themes treated explicitly in the final section:
Thus, instead of feeling protected, its inhabitants find themselves more like living in a permanent state of besiegement and surveillance as they are themselves like Anne-Marie Stretter, the French ambassador's wife, at all times surrounded by "grilles au loin, sentinelles en uniforme kaki qui deja la gardent comme tout au long de sa vie elles le feront" (Vice-Consul 166).
What followed was a synchronised and systematic boycott and besiegement that separated families, disrupted trade and caused an international political frenzy.
The use of starvation of civilians through the besiegement of populated areas for which the regime bears the greatest responsibility, as a tactic of war, and forced population transfers are a clear breach of international humanitarian law and must stop," it said.
Two million people in the city are living in fear of besiegement, including up to 275,000 people trapped in rebel-held east Aleppo, the UN warned last month.
Thousands fleeing the cross-fire after months of besiegement and near starvation deserve relief and care, but our relief supplies will soon be exhausted," NRC chief Jan Egeland said.
Besiegement is worse in Syria than in any other place on Earth.
Security Council will be briefed on Friday on the besiegement of some 400,000 people in Syria, diplomats said.
He lastly called the Lebanese state to shoulder its responsibility and condemn Madaya besiegement.
Though Madaya has become the most public example of rampant starvation and besiegement in Syria, other rebel-held areas have also suffered.
Torture, barrel bombs, besiegement of civilian areas leading to deaths due to hunger and what not
Misr Al-Qawia Party issued a statement calling on Abdallah to investigate previous violent incidents including clashes at the Itihadiya presidential palace, violence in the Canal cities, and the besiegement of the Supreme Constitutional Court.
16) Indeed, Harley's political engagement in the context of her besiegement is acknowledged by recent studies as striking for its uncompromising assertion of her rights: 'I must endeavour to keep what is mine as well as I can, in which I have the law of nature, of reason, and of the land on my side, and you none to take it from me.
Gaza's besiegement (a direct consequence of the elections and the civil war) continues to serve both Israel and the PA equally.
They said that "the use of starvation of civilians through the besiegement of populated areas for which the regime bears the greatest responsibility, as a tactic of war, is contrary to international law.