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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Example sentences
Soon we'll stop to bushwhack our way deeper into the forest to hunt for duiker,
  a type of small antelope.
He takes her for a spin in his seaplane, cheekily abandoning her on the other
  side of the lake to bushwhack home on her own.
To view this end of the gorge, one needs to bushwhack a short distance off the
  road.
Hikers are welcome to use any of the roadways open to the public or to
  bushwhack the lands open to the public.
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