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bushwhack

[boo sh-hwak, -wak] /ˈbʊʃˌʰwæk, -ˌwæk/
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.
verb (used with object)
5.
to fight as a bushwhacker; ambush.
6.
to defeat, especially by surprise or in an underhanded way:
They bushwhacked our high school team when they used college players.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40, Americanism; back formation from bushwhacker

bushwhacker

[boo sh-hwak-er, -wak-er] /ˈbʊʃˌʰwæk ər, -ˌwæk ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that bushwhacks.
2.
(in the American Civil War) a guerrilla, especially a Confederate.
3.
any guerrilla or outlaw.
4.
Australian Slang. an unsophisticated person; hick.
Origin
1800-10, Americanism; bush1 + whacker
Related forms
bushwhacking, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for bushwhacking

bushwhack

/ˈbʊʃˌwæk/
verb
1.
(transitive) (US & Canadian, Austral) to ambush
2.
(intransitive) (US & Canadian, Austral) to cut or beat one's way through thick woods
3.
(intransitive) (US & Canadian, Austral) to range or move around in woods or the bush
4.
(intransitive) (US & Canadian) to fight as a guerrilla in wild or uncivilized regions
5.
(intransitive) (NZ) to work in the bush, esp at timber felling

bushwhacker

/ˈbʊʃˌwækə/
noun
1.
(US & Canadian, Austral) a person who travels around or lives in thinly populated woodlands
2.
(Austral, informal) an unsophisticated person; boor
3.
a Confederate guerrilla during the American Civil War
4.
(US) any guerrilla
5.
(NZ) a person who works in the bush, esp at timber felling
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Word Origin and History for bushwhacking

bushwhacker

n.

also bush-whacker, 1809, American English, literally "one who beats the bushes" (to make his way through), perhaps modeled on Dutch bosch-wachter "forest keeper;" see bush (n.) + whack (v.). In American Civil War, "irregular who took to the woods" (1862), variously regarded as patriot guerillas or as freebooters. Hence bushwhack (v.), 1837; bushwhacking (1826).

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Slang definitions & phrases for bushwhacking

bushwhack

verb
  1. To assault, esp from ambush: Two guys jumped out and bushwhacked him
  2. To attack violently: After that speech the President felt bushwhacked

[1860s+; fr the action of cutting the bush in order to get through the forest or along an overgrown stream]


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