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siege

noun [C or U] uk   /siːdʒ/ us  
the surrounding of a place by an armed force in order to defeat those defending it: The siege of Mafeking lasted for eight months. The soldiers laid siege to (= started a siege of) the city. The castle was under siege for months.figurative That whole weekend at Cannes, Brigitte Bardot was under siege by photographers.
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