bushwhack(redirected from bushwhacks)
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v. bush·whacked, bush·whack·ing, bush·whacks
1. To force one's way through a forested or overgrown area where no path exists: "Often on the verge of starvation, they bushwhacked through muskeg, forded ice-cold streams and rivers ... determined to conquer a daunting land deemed impassable" (Brenda Koller).
2. To travel through or live in the woods.
3. To fight as a guerrilla in the woods.
To attack suddenly from a place of concealment. See Synonyms at ambush.
[Back-formation from bushwhacker.]
1. (tr) US and Canadian and Austral to ambush
2. (intr) US and Canadian and Austral to cut or beat one's way through thick woods
3. (intr) US and Canadian and Austral to range or move around in woods or the bush
4. (Military) (intr) US and Canadian to fight as a guerrilla in wild or uncivilized regions
5. (intr) NZ to work in the bush, esp at timber felling
1. to make one's way through woods by cutting at undergrowth, branches, etc.
2. to pull a boat upstream from on board by grasping bushes, rocks, etc., on the shore.
3. to fight as a bushwhacker or guerrilla in the bush.v.t.
4. to fight as a bushwhacker; ambush.
Past participle: bushwhacked
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|Verb||1.||bushwhack - wait in hiding to attack |
wait - stay in one place and anticipate or expect something; "I had to wait on line for an hour to get the tickets"
|2.||bushwhack - live in the bush as a fugitive or as a guerilla|
live - lead a certain kind of life; live in a certain style; "we had to live frugally after the war"
|3.||bushwhack - cut one's way through the woods or bush|