under siege


Senior Member
In this fiction, there have been a series of terrorist attacks in London. The Government is in a difficult situation. Threats have been addressed to the PM's son.
MI5 officer to another MI5 officer : The Prime Minister is UNDER SIEGE. Nothing must happen to his son or he could break completely. Guard him closely.
Could you explain to me what "under siege" means here ? Could it be something like : the PM is under pressure ?
  • Kelly B

    Senior Member
    USA English
    It means surrounded by hostile attacking forces. It can be figurative, in which case your definition is right (under siege by the press, for example). I have the impression from your context, though, that it is literal - he and his son are at risk of physical attack.
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