ambush

Definitions

  • Photographing a woodcock from ambush
    Photographing a woodcock from ambush
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v ambush wait in hiding to attack
    • v ambush hunt (quarry) by stalking and ambushing
    • n ambush the act of concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surprise
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Rizzio is ambushed and dragged away from Mary Rizzio is ambushed and dragged away from Mary

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ambush A concealed station, where troops or enemies lie in wait to attack by surprise. "Bold in close ambush , base in open field."
    • Ambush A disposition or arrangement of troops for attacking an enemy unexpectedly from a concealed station. Hence: Unseen peril; a device to entrap; a snare. "Heaven, whose high walls fear no assault or siege
      Or ambush from the deep."
    • Ambush The troops posted in a concealed place, for attacking by surprise; liers in wait. "The ambush arose quickly out of their place."
    • Ambush To attack by ambush; to waylay.
    • v. i Ambush To lie in wait, for the purpose of attacking by surprise; to lurk. "Nor saw the snake that ambushed for his prey."
    • Ambush To station in ambush with a view to surprise an enemy. "By ambushed men behind their temple laid,
      We have the king of Mexico betrayed."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ambush To post or place in concealment for the purpose of attacking by surprise.
    • ambush To ambuscade; waylay; attack unexpectedly and from a hidden position.
    • ambush To lie in wait for the purpose of attacking by surprise.
    • n ambush The act or state of lying concealed for the purpose of attacking by surprise; a lying in wait; the act of attacking unexpectedly from a concealed position.
    • n ambush A secret or concealed station where troops lie in wait to attack unawares.
    • n ambush The troops posted in a concealed place for attacking by surprise.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n., v Ambush am′boosh same meanings as Ambuscade
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Quotations

  • Sir Samuel Garth
    Sir Samuel Garth
    “Some fell by laudanum, and some by steel, and death in ambush lay in every pill.”
  • Platen
    Platen
    “Where the flag of truth waves unfurled, there you will find superstition waiting in ambush.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. enbussen, enbushen, OF. embushier, embuissier, F. embûcher, embusquer, fr. LL. imboscare,; in, + LL. boscus, buscus, a wood; akin to G. bush, E. bush,. See Ambuscade Bush
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. embusche (mod. embûche), embuscher, Low L. emboscārein-, in, and boscus, a bush.

Usage

In literature:

Henry the Saxon again appears, but is ambushed and slain and his army melts away.
"The Story of Paris" by Thomas Okey
The Indians had lain in ambush and waited for the troops to come over the brow of the rise.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
So long as their tappings resounded ahead of me I feared no ambush.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
Just now there was nobody but myself to admire them, and I was in ambush.
"A Pessimist" by Robert Timsol
On the same day, Major Dade, leading a relief expedition from Tampa Bay, was ambushed and overwhelmed near Wahoo Swamp.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
At this point I saw in front of me a soldier posted in ambush, with his matchlock ready to fire.
"An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet" by A. Henry Savage Landor
It brought out unsuspected, ambushed dimples.
"The White Mice" by Richard Harding Davis
HOW BIG BLACK BURL FIGURED IN AMBUSH.
"Burl" by Morrison Heady
Indians were in ambush; they were suddenly surrounded, seized, and hurried away, in spite of their screams for help.
"The Adventures of Daniel Boone: the Kentucky rifleman" by Uncle Philip
The paper said this Shep Boone was shot from ambush.
"Brand Blotters" by William MacLeod Raine
On came the French, not seeing the English in ambush.
"The Red True Story Book" by Various
A difficult matter it was, too, to keep this Mohican boy snug in the ambushment.
"The Last of the Mohicans" by James Fenimore Cooper
On Tuesday one of our patrols was ambushed, and only one man returned with the news.
"A Yeoman's Letters" by P. T. Ross
The Sire de Pirenne's death was murder, ambush out of the dark, he said.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Not of ambushes in narrow streets.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
He had seen the second one leave the bushes where the man was in ambush.
"In the Musgrave Ranges" by Jim Bushman
Presently he came to a spot which seemed to offer him every advantage as a place of ambush.
"In the Morning of Time" by Charles G. D. Roberts
Otherwise you wouldn't have ambushed me out here.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
I've heard that he was shot from ambush by a gunman, and his name might have been Louisiana.
"Louisiana Lou" by William West Winter
He had been deliberately ambushed.
"Astounding Stories, April, 1931" by Various
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In poetry:

Can you hear a bullet
Flying about our heads
Can you hear a bullet
Waiting to ambush our kiss
"Far Within Us #1" by Vasko Popa
Gird thy heavenly armour on,
Wear it ever, night and day;
Ambushed lies the evil one:
Watch and pray.
"Christian, seek not yet repose," by Charlotte Elliott
Owls: they whinney down the night,
Bats go zigzag by.
Ambushed in shadow out of sight
The outlaws lie.
"Outlaws" by Robert Graves
By faith I counterplot my foes,
Nor need their ambush fear;
Because my life-guard also goes
Behind me in the rear.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. IV." by Ralph Erskine
As the unforeseen approaches
In stealth from ambushed retreat,
The mettle of soul is summoned
Its emergencies to meet.
"Life's Emergencies" by Jared Barhite
BASILIUS. If it is God's will I die,
Or if Death for me here lieth
As in ambush, face to face
I will meet it and defy it.
"Life Is A Dream - Act III" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

In news:

Bendtner's 'underpants' ambush UEFA at Euro 2012.
Authorities say a gunman ambushed a police officer during a traffic stop in an Indianapolis enclave, shooting him in the head before dying in a gunfight with other officers.
Ambushed ambulance, heartless thieves, bee massacre.
Bond Vigilantes' Ghana Ambush Proves Default Hex Unbroken.
In this clip from "Battle for the Holy Land ," Israeli commandos have set up a late-night ambush targeting Palestinian gunmen believed to be planning an attack on Jewish settlers.
It was a deadly ambush at a crowded Winnipeg house party .
Two Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles from the 883rd Engineer Battalion make their way down a main supply route in Afghanistan in search of improvised explosive devices this past February.
A company of Marines assigned to clear a road of IEDs get ambushed but overcame the odds and completed their mission.
Conan O'Brien's puppet provocateur certainly made his presence felt by ambushing media personalities with his signature digs.
KABUL, Afghanistan — Taliban insurgents killed 10 members of the Afghan security forces in an ambush in western Herat province, police and government officials said Tuesday.
Suspected Irish Republican Army ( IRA ) die-hards killed a Northern Ireland prison officer on Thursday in a gun ambush as he drove to work, the first killing of a prison guard in nearly two decades in the British territory.
2 suspected IRA militants arrested over slaying of Northern Ireland prison guard in gun ambush.
In a brazen afternoon ambush, gunmen snatched 20 young New Iraqi Army recruits on Friday, Iraqi police said.
A Kenyan court threw out charges on Wednesday against a junior minister and a legislator accused of inciting violence in comments they made after an ambush in which rustlers from their ethnic tribe are suspected of killing at least 32 police.
'Educational Courage: Resisting the Ambush of Public Education,' edited by Nancy Schniedewind and Mara Sapon-Shevin.
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