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Saturday, August 06, 2005

Definitions for waylay

  1. To lie in wait for and attack from ambush.
  2. To approach or stop (someone) unexpectedly.

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Citations for waylay
When his mother praised certain well-behaved and neatly dressed boys in the village, Jung was filled with hate for them, and would waylay and beat them up. Frank McLynn, Carl Gustav Jung
He returned to her night after night, until his brother, Frank, waylaid him one evening outside Harriet's cabin and beat him bloody. Lynne Olson, Freedom's Daughters
Origin of waylay
Waylay comes from way (from Old English weg) + lay (from Old English lecgan).