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tr.v. am·bus·cad·ed, am·bus·cad·ing, am·bus·cades
To attack suddenly and without warning from a concealed place; ambush.
[French embuscade (from Old French embuschier, to ambush) and Old Italian imboscata (from feminine past participle of imboscare, to ambush), both from Frankish *boscu, bush, woods.]
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to ambush or lie in ambush
[C16: from French embuscade, from Old Italian imboscata, probably of Germanic origin; compare ambush]
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1. an act or instance of lying concealed so as to attack by surprise: The highwaymen waited in ambush near the road.
2. an act or instance of attacking unexpectedly from a concealed position.
3. the concealed position itself: They fired from ambush.
4. those who attack suddenly and unexpectedly from a concealed position.v.t.
5. to attack from ambush.v.i.
6. to lie in ambush.
[1250–1300; Middle English enbuss(h)en < Middle French embuschier literally, to set in the woods « Vulgar Latin *busca wood, forest]
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Past participle: ambuscaded
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|Noun||1.||ambuscade - the act of concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surprise|
dry-gulching - the act of killing from ambush
|Verb||1.||ambuscade - 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"
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