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Should we have to beleaguer it we may count upon some help from within.'

Make a detour through some pass, forestall your foes, beleaguer them, protect our troops!

And yet I cannot think that any Scottish or French rovers could land in such force as to beleaguer the fortalice.

Having pardoned their offences against ourselves, we went back to beleaguer Samarkand.

In his tragedy of Ezelino, after the tyrant's downfall, a captain is sent to beleaguer Treviso, and reduce Ezelino's garrison.

Somehow that seemed to make her matter less, and Dodo had not at present made any determined effort to beleaguer her.

For Edward took his army to beleaguer Calais, and after blockading it for nearly a year forced it to surrender.

They, however, continued to beleaguer the place, occasionally showing in great masses.

Before God can make her in truth His own, make her verify her name, He will have to beleaguer and reduce her.

WORD ORIGIN

1580s, from Dutch or Low German belegeren "to besiege," from be- "around" (see be-) + legeren "to camp," from leger "bed, camp, army, lair," from Proto-Germanic *leg-raz-, from PIE *legh-to- "lie" (see lie (v.2)). A word from the Flemish Wars (cf. Swedish belägra, Dutch belegeren "besiege," German Belagerung "siege"). Spelling influenced by league. Related: Beleaguered; beleaguering.

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