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 music was dying away along the street, and its dismal strains were mingled with the knell of midnight from the steeple of the Old South, and with the roar of artillery, which announced that the beleaguering army of Washington had intrenched itself upon a nearer height than before.
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.