way lay


[wey-ley, wey-ley]
verb (used with object), waylaid, waylaying.
to intercept or attack from ambush, as in order to rob, seize, or slay.
to await and accost unexpectedly: The actor was waylaid by a swarm of admirers.

1505–15; way1 + lay1, after Middle Low German, Middle Dutch wegelagen to lie in wait, derivative of wegelage a lying in wait

waylayer, noun
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waylay (weɪˈleɪ)
vb , -lays, -laying, -laid
1.  to lie in wait for and attack
2.  to await and intercept unexpectedly
[C16: from way + lay1]

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"to ambush," 1513, from way + lay (v.), on model of M.L.G., M.Du. wegelagen "besetting of ways, lying in wait with evil or hostile intent along public ways."
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