under siege

Definition of under siege

  1. 1 :  surrounded with soldiers or police officers in a siege The city was under siege and food was getting scarce.

  2. 2 :  very seriously attacked or criticized by many people The newspaper has been under siege lately by its readers for printing a false story.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  in or into a position below or beneath something

    :  below or short of some quantity, level, or limit

    :  in or into a condition of subjection, subordination, or unconsciousness

  1. :  below or beneath so as to be overhung, surmounted, covered, protected, or concealed by

    :  subject to the authority, control, guidance, or instruction of

    :  receiving or undergoing the action or effect of

  1. :  lower in rank or authority :  subordinate

  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)

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a brief usually trivial fact

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