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act of concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surprise ambuscade , ambush , lying in wait , trap
surprise attack ambush , coup de main , raid
lie in wait and surprise ambush , lurk , waylay
surprise, take by ambush , waylay
attacker who waits in a concealed position to launch a surprise attack ambusher
battle during World War II; in December 1944 von Rundstedt launched a powerful counteroffensive in the forest at Ardennes and caught the Allies by surprise Ardennes counteroffensive , Battle of the Ardennes Bulge , Battle of the Bulge
murderer (especially one who kills a prominent political figure) who kills by a treacherous surprise attack and often is hired to do the deed assassin , assassinator , bravo
murder of a public figure by surprise attack assassination
unpleasant or disappointing surprise blow , shock
complete surprise bolt from the blue
surprise, shocking bolt from the blue , bombshell , thunderclap
shocking surprise bombshell , thunderbolt , thunderclap
surprise, taken by caught napping , caught unawares , taken off guard
dramatic surprise coup de theatre
profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger curse , curse word , cuss , expletive , oath , swearing , swearword
surprise and confuse disconcert , disorient , dumbfound , nonplus
feeling of surprise and disappointment dismay
delayed reaction indicating surprise double take
exclamation of surprise hey
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