under siege

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of under siege

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

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

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

  3. : 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

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

  3. : receiving or undergoing the action or effect of

  1. : lying or placed below, beneath, or on the ventral side

  2. : facing or protruding downward

  3. : lower in rank or authority : subordinate

siege play
  1. : a seat of distinction : throne

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

  3. : a persistent or serious attack (as of illness)

  1. : to lay siege to : to attack militarily : besiege


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