beleaguering


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Synonyms for beleaguering

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

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The numerous islands rested on the bosom of the Horican, some low and sunken, as if embedded in the waters, and others appearing to hover about the element, in little hillocks of green velvet; among which the fishermen of the beleaguering army peacefully rowed their skiffs, or floated at rest on the glassy mirror in quiet pursuit of their employment.
The Epeans were beleaguering the city and were determined to take it, but ere this might be there was a desperate fight in store for them.