One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Encamp outside a city in order to besiege it.‘with a large force he sat down before Ravenna’
- ‘William drew from his encampment at Cahirconlish, and, confident, of an easy victory, sat down before Limerick.’
- ‘The Russian army, provided with a full park of artillery for the siege, sat down before it in the middle of May.’
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