besieging besieging  /bɪ ˈsi dʒɪŋ/


  • (n) the action of an armed force that surrounds a fortified place and isolates it while continuing to attack



  1. Two months later Marshal Bazaine, whose faith in a defensive war led him to hole up in the fortress at Metz, surrendered his 180,000 men to the besieging Prussians.
  2. No wonder parents are besieging the offices of psychologists and psychiatrists in their search for remedies.
  3. In some cities they have become occupying armies, besieging entire housing complexes.


  1. 'White House Down' an action-packed absurdity, reviews say

    It's unlikely anyone was expecting master disaster director Roland Emmerich ("Independence Day," "2012") and action-comedy hunk Channing Tatum ("G.I. Joe," "21 Jump Street") to deliver a tense, realistic political thriller in "White House Down," the second movie this year about terrorists besieging the Oval Office while a lone hero tries to save the free world.        
    on June 28, 2013     Source: Los Angeles Times

  2. Confederations Cup Italy vs. Brazil: Player Ratings for Italy

    Italy have finished second in their group after succumbing to a 4-2 defeat at the hands of the host nation Brazil . The Brazilians deserved the victory after besieging the tired Italian defenders for most of the match. Italy will now face Spain in the next round of the Confederations Cup. As always, here's the official Matteo  Bonetti  ratings scale:   Official Rating Scale 0.0 - 2.5: Elvis ...
    on June 23, 2013     Source: Bleacher Report


  1. But Zardari said the government had many other things to do besides "besieging the president."
    on Apr 19, 2008 By: Asif Ali Zardari Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. On the contrary, "their attempts will lead to choking jihad and besieging the mujahedin", said Zawahiri, wearing his trademark turban and beard.
    on Dec 20, 2006 By: Ayman al-Zawahri Source: Mail & Guardian Online

  3. "For decades, Israel was considered a gentle lamb seeking peace in the face of besieging wolves, including the Palestinians, the rightful owners of the land," Assad said. "A state built on occupation and the massacre of Palestinians, can it...
    on May 23, 2009 By: Bashar Assad Source: AFP

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pacify pacify
/ˈpæ sə ˌfaɪ /