Lay siege to: Put in a very difficult situation.
Taken from the late 16th century Dutch belegeren meaning to camp round, which was created from be- (all) about + leger a camp..
“Seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them.”
“The more beleaguered he feels, the more he will dig in his heels.”
Manage to obtain (something, or information) by using persuasion or guile: Steal (something) in a violent robbery or raid.
With its origin coming from the French blaguer ‘tell lies’ this word is also used as a noun: An act of using persuasion or guile to obtain something: A violent robbery or raid.
Affectedly dainty behaviour, primness: Speaking in a prissy manner, usually with pursed lips.
First used in the mid eighteenth century and attributed to David Garrick (1717–1779), actor and playwright mimping has fallen out of use and is now considered archaic.