lay siege to (something or someone)

Definition of lay siege to (something or someone)

  1. 1 :  to surround (a city, building, etc.) with soldiers or police officers in order to try to take control of it The army laid siege to the city.

  2. 2 :  to attack (something or someone) constantly or repeatedly —usually used figuratively Angry taxpayers laid siege to city hall with letters and phone calls.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to beat or strike down with force

    :  to put or set down

    :  to place for rest or sleep

  1. :  covert, lair

    :  something (such as a layer) that lies or is laid (see 1lay)

    :  line of action :  plan

  1. : past tense oflie

  1. :  a simple narrative poem :  ballad

    :  melody, song

  1. :  of or relating to the laity :  not ecclesiastical

    :  of or relating to members of a religious house occupied with domestic or manual work

    :  not of a particular profession

  1. :  a seat of distinction :  throne

    :  a military blockade of a city or fortified place to compel it to surrender

    :  a persistent or serious attack (as of illness)

  1. :  some indeterminate or unspecified thing

    :  a person or thing of consequence

    :  one having more or less the character, qualities, or nature of something different

  1. :  in some degree :  somewhat

    : used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

  1. :  some person :  somebody

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to criticize severely

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