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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.
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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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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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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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The Winter Siege event for "Call of Duty: WW2" also brings in new weapons that can be earned by completing new Special Orders from Major Howard.
It was not the first time the defense secretary had set time frame for the resolution of the Marawi siege.
The typical modus operandi of siege warfare dating back to Roman times has been one of conquest.
Henry's assault on the castle began on 25 June 1266, and turned into the longest siege in medieval English history.
The siege of the strategic Nubl and al-Zahra towns was removed in an army offensive from the Eastern side of the two towns, while other units of the Syrian army also managed to purge terrorists from the village of Ma'arasta al-Khan.
Le Parlement compte 129 sieges (pour une population d'environ 5 millions d'habitants).
Monis, who came to Australia as a refugee from Iran, had a history of religious activism and was on bail at the time of the siege for dozens of sexual assault charges and for being an accessory to the murder of his ex-wife.
Promoting the idea that the Gaza siege is an entirely Israeli initiative is a ruse that needs to be exposed.
In the same context, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) described the report as biased and not objective because it considered the Israeli siege on Gaza as legal.
AN AWFUL TIME MILITARY historian John Sadler, co-author of the new book on the siege of Newcastle, described what the experience would have been like for the townspeople.
This May, players will experience the much-awaited next chapter in the DUNGEON SIEGE lore on the PlayStation[R]3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360[R] video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC.
Summary: BEIRUT: A Gaza-bound flotilla comprised of 25 ships would try to break the siege on the strip, organizers said following a news conference in Beirut Monday.
importance of lifting the Israeli siege on Gaza Strip immediately.
In reality, the siege of the Gaza Strip, illegally imposed on Palestinians continues unabated.