bushwhack


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bush·whack

(bo͝osh′wăk′, -hwăk′)
v. bush·whacked, bush·whack·ing, bush·whacks
v. intr.
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.
v. tr.
To attack suddenly from a place of concealment. See Synonyms at ambush.

[Back-formation from bushwhacker.]

bushwhack

(ˈbʊʃˌwæk)
vb
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

bush•whack

(ˈbʊʃˌʰwæk, -ˌwæk)
v.i.
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.
[1830–40, Amer.]

bushwhack


Past participle: bushwhacked
Gerund: bushwhacking

Imperative
bushwhack
bushwhack
Present
I bushwhack
you bushwhack
he/she/it bushwhacks
we bushwhack
you bushwhack
they bushwhack
Preterite
I bushwhacked
you bushwhacked
he/she/it bushwhacked
we bushwhacked
you bushwhacked
they bushwhacked
Present Continuous
I am bushwhacking
you are bushwhacking
he/she/it is bushwhacking
we are bushwhacking
you are bushwhacking
they are bushwhacking
Present Perfect
I have bushwhacked
you have bushwhacked
he/she/it has bushwhacked
we have bushwhacked
you have bushwhacked
they have bushwhacked
Past Continuous
I was bushwhacking
you were bushwhacking
he/she/it was bushwhacking
we were bushwhacking
you were bushwhacking
they were bushwhacking
Past Perfect
I had bushwhacked
you had bushwhacked
he/she/it had bushwhacked
we had bushwhacked
you had bushwhacked
they had bushwhacked
Future
I will bushwhack
you will bushwhack
he/she/it will bushwhack
we will bushwhack
you will bushwhack
they will bushwhack
Future Perfect
I will have bushwhacked
you will have bushwhacked
he/she/it will have bushwhacked
we will have bushwhacked
you will have bushwhacked
they will have bushwhacked
Future Continuous
I will be bushwhacking
you will be bushwhacking
he/she/it will be bushwhacking
we will be bushwhacking
you will be bushwhacking
they will be bushwhacking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been bushwhacking
you have been bushwhacking
he/she/it has been bushwhacking
we have been bushwhacking
you have been bushwhacking
they have been bushwhacking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been bushwhacking
you will have been bushwhacking
he/she/it will have been bushwhacking
we will have been bushwhacking
you will have been bushwhacking
they will have been bushwhacking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been bushwhacking
you had been bushwhacking
he/she/it had been bushwhacking
we had been bushwhacking
you had been bushwhacking
they had been bushwhacking
Conditional
I would bushwhack
you would bushwhack
he/she/it would bushwhack
we would bushwhack
you would bushwhack
they would bushwhack
Past Conditional
I would have bushwhacked
you would have bushwhacked
he/she/it would have bushwhacked
we would have bushwhacked
you would have bushwhacked
they would have bushwhacked
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.bushwhack - wait in hiding to attackbushwhack - 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
work, make - proceed along a path; "work one's way through the crowd"; "make one's way into the forest"

bushwhack

verb
To attack suddenly and without warning:
Translations

bushwhack

[ˈbʊʃˌwæk] (US)
A. VIabrirse camino por el bosque
B. VT (= ambush) → tender una emboscada a
References in classic literature ?
The weapons with which we have gained our most important victories, which should be handed down as heirlooms from father to son, are not the sword and the lance, but the bushwhack, the turf-cutter, the spade, and the bog hoe, rusted with the blood of many a meadow, and begrimed with the dust of many a hard-fought field.
I lay in the grass where he couldn't see me, and bushwhacked him in truly noble fashion.
He read how the Arla's whale boat had been bushwhacked at Su'u and had lost three men; of how the skipper discovered the cook stewing human flesh on the galley fire--flesh purchased by the boat's crew ashore in Fui; of how an accidental discharge of dynamite, while signaling, had killed another boat's crew; of night attacks; ports fled from between the dawns; attacks by bushmen in mangrove swamps and by fleets of salt-water men in the larger passages.
Using a handheld GPS unit that had been uploaded with the Storey brothers' initial location of the township corner, surveyor Walter Kozach guided the crew on a 1.5-mile bushwhack through deep snow.
Tink and Jackie are also surrounded by a colorful classroom full of characters, like Bushwhack (real name Matt Alva), who Tink may or may not have feelings for, along with the prerequisite group of "mean girls" that seem to be in every school.
Would that I could live my faith life for God a little more like I bushwhack and hunt for game.
Hard-muscled, hard-bitten, bug-bitten explorers who bushwhack trackless wilds.
But if poachers were able to snatch the information from a radio collar, it would allow them to locate their prey without having to bushwhack through the jungle for days or weeks.
It can bushwhack, skin, dress, chop, dig, slice and more.
The small to mid-size stream offers an exciting way to spend a morning with your spaniel, trying to bushwhack clucks.
For the CIO specifically, both products help them "bushwhack," a nontechnical term meant to describe someone who might not really know what their looking for in the analysis until they find it.
More important, they're the poems of someone who has lived with his eyes wide open, someone who, like most of us, isn't given a map to navigate rife but must bushwhack his way toward where he's going.