MEANING: verb tr.:
1. To surround with troops.
2. To beset with difficulties.

ETYMOLOGY: From Dutch belegeren (to camp around), from be- (around) + leger (camp). Ultimately from the Indo-European root legh- (to lie or lay), which also gave us lie, lay, lair, fellow, and laager. Earliest documented use: 1589.

B LEAGUER - not quite good enough for the majors

BENE AGUER - a disease that afflicts its victims with fevers and aches that paradoxically are good

BELE AUER - actor Mischa's wife