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[boo sh-hwak, -wak]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to make one's way through woods by cutting at undergrowth, branches, etc.
  2. to travel through woods.
  3. to pull a boat upstream from on board by grasping bushes, rocks, etc., on the shore.
  4. to fight as a bushwhacker or guerrilla in the bush.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to fight as a bushwhacker; ambush.
  2. to defeat, especially by surprise or in an underhanded way: They bushwhacked our high school team when they used college players.
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Origin of bushwhack

1830–40, Americanism; back formation from bushwhacker
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Historical Examples

  • He was also the Newt who had tried to bushwhack Chuck on the trail.

    Slim Evans and his Horse Lightning

    Graham M. Dean

  • Figured that in my stocking feet I could creep up on the two fellows who were trying to bushwhack you.

British Dictionary definitions for bushwhack


  1. (tr) US, Canadian and Australian to ambush
  2. (intr) US, Canadian and Australian to cut or beat one's way through thick woods
  3. (intr) US, Canadian and Australian to range or move around in woods or the bush
  4. (intr) US and Canadian to fight as a guerrilla in wild or uncivilized regions
  5. (intr) NZ to work in the bush, esp at timber felling
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