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Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Definitions for bushwhack

  1. To defeat, especially by surprise or in an underhanded way.
  2. To make one's way through woods by cutting at undergrowth, branches, etc.
  3. To travel through woods.

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Citations for bushwhack
"I don't think nobody would bushwhack a wagon full of orange trees." Patrick D. Smith, A Land Remembered: Volume 1
Back in the old days, said Blevins, this'd be just the place where Comanches'd lay for you and bushwhack you. Cormac McCarthy , All the pretty horses
Origin of bushwhack
1830-1840
Bushwhack is a backformation from the Dutch bosch-wachter, "forest-keeper," which, during the American Civil War was adopted as bushwhacker to describe patriot guerillas or freebooters.
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