Definition of lay siege to in English:

lay siege to

phrase

  • Conduct a siege of (a place)

    ‘government forces laid siege to the building’
    figurative ‘the press laid siege to her flat’
    • ‘A generation ago, mounting an expedition meant drafting a herd of porters, slogging loads of gear to a rocky base camp, and laying siege to a Himalayan peak.’
    • ‘The objective was to silence the forts so that minesweepers could clear the minefields to allow the fleet to force the Dardanelles and lay siege to Constantinople (now Istanbul).’
    • ‘After the battle the English expeditionary force landed and laid siege to Rounai.’
    • ‘The Takeda army that laid siege to Nagashino castle consisted of 15,000 men, of whom 12,000 took part in the subsequent battle.’
    • ‘In December 1880 the Boers rose in revolt, laying siege to isolated British garrisons.’
    • ‘My parents told me that I really had to speak to the press, who were laying siege to the hospital.’
    • ‘They combined forces and actually laid siege to Aleppo itself.’
    • ‘The Iliad covers just a few weeks of the tenth year of the long period over which the Greek forces laid siege to the city of Troy.’
    • ‘Read Michael Crichton's Timeline and, on a misty day, it is easy to imagine medieval armies laying siege to these fortresses.’
    • ‘True to form the press were preparing to lay siege to the two family homes.’
    barricade, close up, block off, shut off, seal, bar
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