beleaguer /bɪˈliːɡə/


I. verb [with obj.] (usu. as adj. beleaguered)

1. lay siege to

he led a relief force to the aid of the beleaguered city.
2. put in a very difficult situation

the board is supporting the beleaguered director.
– origin late 16th cent.: from Dutch belegeren ‘camp round’, from be- ‘(all) about’ + leger ‘a camp’.

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