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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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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.
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In light of this scenario, today's proceedings at the apex court inadvertently provided it with room to withdraw from its earlier proclamations of laying siege to the capital along with saving its face to some extent.
"The rebels have been laying siege to ISIL's headquarters in the city of Raqa since last night.
BEIRUT - Rebel fighters were laying siege Monday to Al-Qaeda-linked jihadists in their northern stronghold of Raqa, managing to free 50 people they had detained, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.Raqa emerged as a new front Sunday in fighting among rebels battling to oust President Bashar al-Assad, with various groups joining forces against Al-Qaeda affiliate the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)."The rebels have been laying siege to ISIL's headquarters in the city of Raqa since last night.
A local source said that pro-Salafist tribesmen retaliated to the Al Houthi blockade on Damaj by laying siege to the Al Houthi-controlled province.
KATHMANDU, May 9 -- Maitighar area in the capital has become tense after the UCPN (Maoist) cadres, who have been laying siege to Singhadurbar, confronted with police personnel on Sunday.
More than 3,000 people brought early morning mayhem to the M6 and M5, laying siege to Currys in Wednesbury where many electrical goods were on offer at half-price or even cheaper.
For ancient armies, the catapult was a formidable weapon in laying siege to castles and forts.
Barnsley should have won by a bigger margin after laying siege to the Brentford goal, but wasted a series of golden opportunities.
They would be wise to pull out their troops now before they are cooked in the desert while laying siege to the Iraqi capital.
ONE of Britain's longest hostage crises was in its fifth day yesterday, with armed police laying siege to a first-floor bedsit.
GEORGE Bush has slammed Israel for laying siege to Yasser Arafat's West Bank HQ, saying it harms the cause of peace among the Palestinians.
The troops were laying siege to 200 Palestinian fighters who were occupying the church.
But despite laying siege to the Alex goal in the final half hour, Stan Ternent's men could not conjure up a dramatic leveller before Dean Ashton finally killed them off with his first senior goal 10 minutes from time as the Clarets defence abandoned their defensive duties in search of a third goal.
From Albuquerque, New Mexico, to New Britain, Connecticut, police are loading up on military hardware and laying siege to ghettos and border towns.
Mum-of-eight Big Mags has already driven Christie out of one council home in Stirling after laying siege to it with a posse of pals.