to lay siege to.
to crowd around; crowd in upon; surround:
Vacationers besieged the travel office.
to assail or ply, as with requests or demands.
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to surround (a fortified area, esp a city) with military forces to bring about its surrender
to crowd round; hem in
to overwhelm, as with requests or queries
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to soil; tarnish; discolor. to detract from the honor or luster of: to besmirch someone’s good name. Contemporary Examples How McCain Got Caught in His Own Vicious Cycle Sidney Blumenthal October 14, 2008 Historical Examples Serapis, Complete Georg Ebers The Quest Frederik van Eeden In Love With the Czarina and Other Stories Mr Jkai Star […]
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