[wey-leyd, wey-leyd]
simple past tense and past participle of waylay.
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[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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Word Origin & History

"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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Example sentences
Whatever it started out to mean has been waylaid by fascination.
But those plans got waylaid by the recession, although the plant opened
  building conventional small cars.
If he would only keep one principle to himself he would be waylaid in an effort
  to wring it from him.
Bad management allows the plan to get waylaid by emerging issues such that
  schedule or quality, or both, suffer.
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