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Siege, 1) the act of besetting a fortified place: Lucr. Arg. Tp. I, 2, 326 John II, 54. John II, 54 R2 II, 1, 62. H5 I, 2, 152. III Chor. H5 I, 2, 152 III, 2, 70. H6A I, 1, 111. IV, 3, 11. Troil. I, 3, 12. Mcb. V, 5, 3. Oth. I, 3, 130. “forsake the s.” H6A I, 2, 40. to raise the s. (== to dislodge the besiegers): H5 III, 3, 47. H6A I, 2, 13. H6A I, 2, 13 H6A I, 2, 13 I, 4, 103. Metaphorically, == strong endeavours to gain entrance, assaults, attacks in general: “the wreckful s. of battering days,” Sonn. 65, 6. “war, death, or sickness did lay s. to it,” Mids. I, 1, 142. his (death's) “s. is now against the mind,” John V, 7, 16. “the busy fiend that lays strong s. unto this wretch's soul,” H6B III, 3, 22. “to remove that s. of grief from her,” Rom. V, 3, 237. “to whom all sores lay s.” Tim. IV, 3, 7. Used of an assiduous love-suit: “remove your s. from my unyielding heart,” Ven. 423. “this s. that hath engirt his marriage,” Lucr. 221. “to lay an amiable s. to the honesty of this Ford's wife,” Wiv. II, 2, 243. “lays down his wanton s. before her beauty,” All's III, 7, 18. “she will not stay the s. of loving terms,” Rom. I, 1, 218. cf. “whose love-suit hath been to me as fearful as a s.” Cymb. III, 4, 137.
2) seat: “upon the very s. of justice,” Meas. IV, 2, 101.
3) place, rank: “your sum of parts did not together pluck such envy from him as did that one, and that, in my regard, of the unworthiest s.” Hml. IV, 7, 77. “I fetch my life and being from men of royal s.” Oth. I, 2, 22 (Qq height).
3) stool, excrement, fecal matter: “how camest thou to be the s. of this moon-calf?” Tp. II, 2, 110.
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