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Lay siege to

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Lay siege to to besiege: to importune
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Lay is the causal to lie, from A.S. lecgan; Ice. leggja, Ger. legen.

Usage

In literature:

Well, there was a cold-blooded party laying siege to Minnie.
"The Tyranny of Weakness" by Charles Neville Buck
He was making no attempt to lay siege to the heart of Miss Kate Gilbert.
"The Brand of Silence" by Harrington Strong
He had the French forces come and encamp near his army, and appear to be making arrangements for laying siege to New York.
"George Washington" by Calista McCabe Courtenay
Then they made them ready to lay siege about Sir Launcelot, where he lay within Joyous Gard.
"Stories of King Arthur and His Knights" by U. Waldo Cutler
In the meantime a division of the army had returned to Carlisle and was laying siege to it with great vigour.
"The Red True Story Book" by Various
His object of course is to march south and lay siege to Port Arthur.
"Under the Ensign of the Rising Sun" by Harry Collingwood
Ormsby was laying siege to the citadel cautiously, as was his way.
"The Scarlet Feather" by Houghton Townley
This history presents the picture of Ghent assisting an army of English soldiers to lay siege to Ypres.
"Vanished towers and chimes of Flanders" by George Wharton Edwards
True to his resolve, Dick rose to the exigency of the occasion by laying stubborn siege to Miss Van Ashton's heart.
"When Dreams Come True" by Ritter Brown
They're just laying siege to you, ain't they?
"The Faith Healer" by William Vaughn Moody
So daring an adventuress was this young woman that she absolutely made up her mind to lay siege to no less a person than Mrs. Aylmer the great.
"The Time of Roses" by L. T. Meade
Evidently the enemy was preparing to lay siege to Fort Providence.
"The Voyages and Adventures of Captain Hatteras" by Jules Verne
I'll lay siege to her before I'm an hour older.
"The Bondwoman" by Marah Ellis Ryan
Where good fortune enters, envy lays siege to her and attacks her, and when she departs sorrow and regret remain behind.
"Thoughts on Art and Life" by Leonardo da Vinci
Junius Brutus, when he did lay siege to a town, had a citizen come to him that would play the traitor.
"The Fifth Queen" by Ford Madox Ford
Admiral Coligny was strongly in favor of pressing on to the north, and laying siege to Saumur.
"History of the Rise of the Huguenots" by Henry Baird
The British commander now saw that he must lay regular siege to the American position.
"Hero Stories from American History" by Albert F. Blaisdell
Instead of finding Fort Stanwix defenceless, St. Leger was compelled to lay siege to it.
"Burgoyne's Invasion of 1777" by Samuel Adams Drake
Thus Grant was necessitated afterward to lay siege to the place.
"The Black Phalanx" by Joseph T. Wilson
At the moment Babar could not comply, for the Uzbeks were laying siege to Balkh.
"Rulers of India: Akbar" by George Bruce Malleson
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In poetry:

From your impregnable ramparts high
Like the loud thunder in the sky
Enough to frighten a foreign foe away
That would dare to come up the river Tay,
To lay siege to Bonnie Dundee,
I'm sure your cannon-balls wouId make them flee—
"Broughty Ferry" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Years earlier, there were days when Kelly and her husband, Dan, would join the early morning crowds laying siege to gift shops that were expecting shipments of Beanies .
In her new book "The Insanity Hoax" Schlesinger lays siege to the popular notion that to be truly creative, a person must be mentally unbalanced.
Libyan rebels laying siege to one of Moammar Gadhafi's remaining strongholds say surrender talks have broken down and that they're ready to attack.
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