bush-whack

bushwhack

[boosh-hwak, -wak]
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:
1830–40, Americanism; back formation from bushwhacker

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

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