noun Also am·bush·ment.
verb (used with object)
- ambulatory care,
- ambulatory surgery,
- ambush bug,
Origin of ambush
Examples from the Web for ambush
They were the machine gun bullets coming from the ambush when my company got hit.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In one ambush in late July, 11 Hezbollah fighters were killed, according to Lebanese security sources.
He was killed instantly by a blast in an ambush launched on our vehicles outside of a schoolhouse.
She would lure him to a Paris suburb where the gang waited in ambush.A Horror Story of True-Life Anti-Semitism in France|Tracy McNicoll|April 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Opponents call the technique “ambush elections” and say the rules do not leave enough time for management to make its case.
One hunter who escaped the ambush reported that an overwhelming number of Apaches were in the wooded hills.The Pinos Altos Story|Dorothy Watson
Your men returned at noon yesterday and told me of the ambush in which they had been beset.The Bravest of the Brave|G. A. Henty
Though he were winged and swift of flight, the unwary one who approaches the ambush is lost.The Life of the Spider|J. Henri Fabre
And Jason went to the ambush to lie in wait for Apsyrtus and then for his comrades.The Argonautica|Apollonius Rhodius
You think there is no danger of our being fired upon from ambush?The Sun Of Quebec|Joseph A. Altsheler
Word Origin for ambush
c.1300, from Old French embuscher (13c., Modern French embûcher) "to lay an ambush," from en- "in" + busch "wood," apparently from Frankish *busk "bush, woods" (see bush (n.)). Related: Ambushed; ambushing.
late 15c., embushe, from the English verb or from Middle French embusche, from Old French embuscher (see ambush (v.)). Earlier was ambushment (late 14c.). Figurative use by 1590s.