[boo sh-hwak, -wak]
- to make one's way through woods by cutting at undergrowth, branches, etc.
- to travel through woods.
- to pull a boat upstream from on board by grasping bushes, rocks, etc., on the shore.
- to fight as a bushwhacker or guerrilla in the bush.
- to fight as a bushwhacker; ambush.
- to defeat, especially by surprise or in an underhanded way: They bushwhacked our high school team when they used college players.
Origin of bushwhack
1830–40, Americanism; back formation from bushwhacker
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Historical Examples of bushwhack
He was also the Newt who had tried to bushwhack Chuck on the trail.
Figured that in my stocking feet I could creep up on the two fellows who were trying to bushwhack you.
- (tr) US, Canadian and Australian to ambush
- (intr) US, Canadian and Australian to cut or beat one's way through thick woods
- (intr) US, Canadian and Australian to range or move around in woods or the bush
- (intr) US and Canadian to fight as a guerrilla in wild or uncivilized regions
- (intr) NZ to work in the bush, esp at timber felling
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