ambush


ambush
ambusher, n.ambushlike, adj.
/am"boosh/, n. Also, ambushment.
1. an act or instance of lying concealed so as to attack by surprise: The highwaymen waited in ambush near the road.
2. an act or instance of attacking unexpectedly from a concealed position.
3. the concealed position itself: They fired from ambush.
4. those who attack suddenly and unexpectedly from a concealed position.
v.t.
5. to attack from ambush.
[1250-1300; (v.) ME enbuss(h)en < MF embuschier to place men in ambush, lit., to set in the woods, equiv. to em- IM-1 + busch- ( < VL *busca wood, forest < Gmc *busk- heavy stick) + -ier inf. suffix; (n.) earlier enbusshe < MF embusche, deriv. of the v.]

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