lie in wait

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v lie in wait wait in hiding to attack
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Lie in wait to lie in ambush
    • Lie in wait to be in hiding ready for attack or surprise
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Quotations

  • Bible
    Bible
    “The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood, but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them. [Proverbs 12:6]”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. waiter (Fr. guetter), to watch, attend—waite, a sentinel—Old High Ger. wahta (Ger. wacht), a watchman; cog. with A.S. wacan, to watch.

Usage

In literature:

They are keeping a general lookout now, but I wouldn't like to think they were lying in wait for him.
"Larry Dexter's Great Search" by Howard R. Garis
The occupants of air, earth, and water lie in wait for it.
"The Fat of the Land" by John Williams Streeter
Then he wondered how it came at all that Matt should have thus been lying there in wait.
"The Furnace of Gold" by Philip Verrill Mighels
We are escorted on every hand through life by spiritual agents, and a beneficent purpose lies in wait for us.
"Essays" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Too well the sagacious Huron knew that the Shawnee was lying in wait for him.
"Oonomoo the Huron" by Edward S. Ellis
He was there seized by Bhooree Khan and his gang, who were lying in wait for him.
"A Journey through the Kingdom of Oude, Volumes I & II" by William Sleeman
Every one is saying that they are lying in wait for you.
"I.N.R.I." by Peter Rosegger
These animals are very fond of salt, and with it they are often decoyed to a spot where the hunter lies in wait for them.
"Camp Life in the Woods and the Tricks of Trapping and Trap Making" by William Hamilton Gibson
He was lying stretched out on the old lounge in the tiny sitting-room that noon, waiting for dinner.
"The Quilt that Jack Built; How He Won the Bicycle" by Annie Fellows Johnston
Would it always be his fate, he wondered, to love where untimely death was lying in wait?
"The Dreamer" by Mary Newton Stanard
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In poetry:

After the waiting and the anguished weeping
He lies at rest at last.
How should we mourn him tranced in peaceful sleeping,
His pain all past!
"The Dead Leader" by Leigh Gordon Giltner
But if He keeps not secret—if thine eyes
He openeth to His wondrous work of late—
Think how in soberness thy wisdom lies,
And have the grace to wait.
"Honours -- Part II." by Jean Ingelow
I wait – for nights no morrow shall defy,
I wait – for weakness nothing shall avail;
To feel upon my hands its shadow lie,
To see in peaceful tides its image pale.
"Amen" by Maurice Polydore-Marie-Bernard Maeterlinck
Sad-hearted, be at peace: the snowdrop lies
Buried in sepulchre of ghastly snow;
But spring is floating up the southern skies,
And darkling the pale snowdrop waits below.
"Oh Thou Of Little Faith" by George MacDonald
Deep in those orbs serene—
Little planets be-ringed and bright—
Mysteries marvellous lie:
Known unto us they might mean
Faith, without fear, to die,
All sure of the waiting light.
"The Little People" by Victor James Daley
Count the mossy marbles in the graveyard!
Our old doctor and his patients, there they lie.
All regradless of the weather,
They are waiting there together,
For that long-sought "better by-and-by."
"The Old Village Doctor" by Henry Clay Work

In news:

The Democrats were lying in wait for John Boehner when the Republican leader of the House announced that he would address the subject of congressional reform in a speech Thursday at the American Enterprise Institute.
Fraudulent Typosquatters Lie in Wait for London Olympics Searchers.
Redknapp lying in wait as QPR's struggles continue in Premier League.
'Millions of jobs lying in wait '.
'A Wolf Lying in Wait': The Poetry of Abbas Kiarostami.
'Millions of jobs lying in wait'.
Don Richard's Sweeney Todd lies in wait.
They lie in wait, snarling at the pavement and quivering in anticipation of shrieking away the instant the light turns green.
An emergency vehicle waits at the scene where rubble from earthquake damage lies strewn along a sidewalk in an old section of Louisville, Friday.
People please, let sleeping dogs lie, and then record it, upload it to YouTube and wait for somebody to put it in a video with others of its kind.
Burris faces a death penalty phase of trial if he's convicted of murder with special circumstances of lying in wait and killing multiple victims.
An elderly man with a white ponytail lies in wait on a city sidewalk with a small solar telescope specially designed so that a person can view sunspots without damaging the eye.
Apparently lying in wait outside her home, two Chicago men followed a woman as she pulled her car into her garage and then hijacked the vehicle at gunpoint, Cook County prosecutors said Saturday.
Running and become oblivious to their surroundings, creating an opportunity for an attacker lying in wait.
Property Investors Lie in Wait for China Slowdown.
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In science:

The main part of the proof of Theorem 3 lies in the careful choice of the parameters pk and yk of the waiting time T given by (5).
Level Crossing Probabilities II: Polygonal Recurrence of Multidimensional Random Walks
However, far away, in California, we know the ultimate prize to lie in wait: to be able to make theoretically sound predictions for what we now generically refer to as non-perturbative physics. “Young men attracted to California’s golden opportunities in 1849 faced two ma jor problems.
The LEP Trail to Non-Perturbative QCD
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