To be on all sides
girdle, circle, environ, gird, enclose, shut in, close in, fence in, close around, circle about, envelope, hem in, wall in.
To take a position on all sides
encompass, encircle, inundate, flow around, besiege, beset, invest, close in, close around, house in, hem in, compass about, go around, beleaguer, blockade; see also circle.
Antonyms abandon*, flee from, desert.
To shut in on all sides:
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