ambush


ambush
ambush vb *surprise, waylay
Analogous words: *attack, assault, assail: trap, entrap, snare, ensnare, capture, *catch
ambush n Ambush, ambuscade mean a device to entrap an enemy by lying in wait under cover for an opportune moment to make a surprise attack.
Ambush, however, is also used to designate an act of lying in wait or in concealment (as for spying, frightening, or obtaining an advantage); when used of nonmilitary activity it sometimes connotes unfairness or cowardliness
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ambushes of cutthroats— Thackeray

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when he was a boy he had . . . spied on the Pecos men . . . . He had lain in ambush for two nights on the mountain— Cather

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Ambuscade usually implies the legitimate strategic disposition of troops in concealment, but in military use is more often applied to the body of troops or to their position than to the trap
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the knights and gentlemen volunteered for an ambuscade to cut off the convoy— Froude

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feared in every wavering brake an ambuscadeTennyson

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Analogous words: trap, snare, *lure: *attack, onset, onslaught, assault

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