bushwhacker

bushwhacker

[boosh-hwak-er, -wak-er]
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

bushwhacking, noun
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bushwhacker (ˈbʊʃˌwækə)
 
n
1.  (US), (Canadian), (Austral) a person who travels around or lives in thinly populated woodlands
2.  informal (Austral) 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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bushwhacker
1809, Amer.Eng., lit. "one who beats the bushes" (to make his way through), perhaps modeled on Du. bosch-wachter "forest keeper." In American Civil War, "irregular who took to the woods" (1862), variously regarded as patriot guerillas or as freebooters.
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