ambusher

ambush

[am-boosh]
noun Also, ambushment.
1.
an act or instance of lying concealed so as to attack by surprise: The highwaymen waited in ambush near the road.
2.
an act or instance of attacking unexpectedly from a concealed position.
3.
the concealed position itself: They fired from ambush.
4.
those who attack suddenly and unexpectedly from a concealed position.
verb (used with object)
5.
to attack from ambush.

Origin:
1250–1300; (v.) Middle English enbuss(h)en < Middle French embuschier to place men in ambush, literally, to set in the woods, equivalent to em- im-1 + busch- (< Vulgar Latin *busca wood, forest < Germanic *busk- heavy stick) + -ier infinitive suffix; (noun) earlier enbusshe < Middle French embusche, derivative of the v.

ambusher, noun
ambushlike, adjective
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ambush (ˈæmbʊʃ)
 
n
1.  the act of waiting in a concealed position in order to launch a surprise attack
2.  a surprise attack from such a position
3.  the concealed position from which such an attack is launched
4.  the person or persons waiting to launch such an attack
 
vb
5.  to lie in wait (for)
6.  (tr) to attack suddenly from a concealed position
 
[C14: from Old French embuschier to position in ambush, from em-im- + -buschier, from busche piece of firewood, probably of Germanic origin; see bush1]
 
ambusher
 
n

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ambush
c.1300, from O.Fr. embuscher (13c., Mod.Fr. embûcher) "to lay an ambush," from en- "in" + busch "wood," apparently from Frank. *busk "bush, woods" (see bush).
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Ambush definition


Joshua at the capture of Ai lay in ambush, and so deceived the inhabitants that he gained an easy victory (Josh. 8:4-26). Shechem was taken in this manner (Judg. 9:30-45. Comp. Jer. 51:12).

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