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- (transitive) To beset or surround with armed forces for the purpose of compelling to surrender, to lay siege to, beleaguer.
- (transitive, figurative) To beleaguer, to vex, to lay siege to, to beset.
- 1943 November and December, G. T. Porter, “The Lines Behind the Lines in Burma”, in Railway Magazine, page 325:
- When it arrived, the train was headed by a "K" class 4-6-0 wood-burning locomotive, and a water-tank wagon next to the tender was immediately besieged by women and girls, clad in their picturesque national costume, all with empty kerosene tins for water, a scene which was re-enacted at each stop down the line.
- to assail or ply, as with requests or demands.
to surround with armed forces
to vex, to attack continually
to assail or ply
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