am·bush Audio pronunciation of "ambusher" ( P ) Pronunciation Key (mbsh)
1. The act of lying in wait to attack by surprise.
2. A sudden attack made from a concealed position.
1. Those hiding in order to attack by surprise.
2. The hiding place used for this.
4. A hidden peril or trap.
tr.v. am·bushed, am·bush·ing, am·bush·es
To attack from a concealed position.
[Middle English embush, from Old French embusche, from embuschier, to ambush, from Frankish *boscu, bush, woods.]ambusher n.
Synonyms: ambush, ambuscade, bushwhack, waylay
These verbs mean to attack suddenly and without warning from a concealed place: guerrillas ambushing a platoon; highway robbers ambuscading a stagecoach; a patrol bushwhacked by poachers; a truck waylaid by robbers.
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