- an act or instance of lying concealed so as to attack by surprise: The highwaymen waited in ambush near the road.
- an act or instance of attacking unexpectedly from a concealed position.
- the concealed position itself: They fired from ambush.
- those who attack suddenly and unexpectedly from a concealed position.
- to attack from ambush.
Origin of ambush
Related Words for ambushingassault, trap, surround, waylay, deception, camouflage, shelter, concealment, trick, lurking, pitfall, ambuscade, hiding, waiting, hide, decoy, ensnare, lurk, bushwhack, jump
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Contemporary Examples of ambushing
Early scenes show her in an all-white suit, ambushing an assassin.The CIA Spook Turned Comic Book Scribe: Robin Grabs a Gun in ‘Grayson’
June 24, 2014
A police spokesman said it had received reports the NPA “has been invading villages and ambushing relief goods” in the region.Typhoon Haiyan Tacloban Leaders Calls on Rebels to Avoid Armed Violence
November 14, 2013
Historical Examples of ambushing
The mischief was individual now, and ambushing was more common.The Last Stetson
John Fox Jr.
He thought of turning his horse loose and ambushing the mountainmen, afoot.Partners of Chance
Henry Herbert Knibbs
His uniform was generally yellow, and he was in the habit of ambushing in yellow flowers.Old Farm Fairies:
Henry Christopher McCook
Finally they got discouraged trying to fight Blant in the open, and tuck to ambushing.Mothering on Perilous
Lucy S. Furman
They had failed in their first effort at ambushing the cut, and Casey knew the troops would prevent a second attempt.The U.P. Trail
- the act of waiting in a concealed position in order to launch a surprise attack
- a surprise attack from such a position
- the concealed position from which such an attack is launched
- the person or persons waiting to launch such an attack
- to lie in wait (for)
- (tr) to attack suddenly from a concealed position
Word Origin for ambush
Word Origin and History for ambushing
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.