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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
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bushwhack
Present
I bushwhack
you bushwhack
he/she/it bushwhacks
we bushwhack
you bushwhack
they bushwhack
Preterite
I bushwhacked
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he/she/it bushwhacked
we bushwhacked
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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
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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
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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
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Future Perfect
I will have bushwhacked
you will have bushwhacked
he/she/it will have bushwhacked
we will have bushwhacked
you will have bushwhacked
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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
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Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been bushwhacking
you will have been bushwhacking
he/she/it will have been bushwhacking
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you will have been bushwhacking
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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
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Past Conditional
I would have bushwhacked
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we would have bushwhacked
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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 ?
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.
I hope so and we aren't really getting bushwhacked by Oklahoma City and surrendering 43 points in the first quarter to trail by 19.
While drifting across an Oregon mountain range, he is bushwhacked and left for dead.
It looked like the poor lass had gone from bush tucker to bushwhacked in just a few short weeks.
First, researchers bushwhacked to the remote ponds--one required rope climbs up and down a cliff.
The author takes exception to the shortcomings of typical English handbooks, and offers instead this sharply focused, readable guided journey down the path that he has bushwhacked for those who are learning or teaching academic writing.
I predict that's the frontier in player evaluation and development that will be bushwhacked next.
Weary and sore (at least I was), we bushwhacked back to the road.
A year ago, Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai was bushwhacked, shot and left for dead because she refused to stop going to school and refused to stop encouraging other girls to do the same.
Without guidance from the command center or their lookout, who had escaped after warning the crew, the men bushwhacked into a canyon that soon turned into a bowl of fire.
The 44-year-old actor was exercising at Gotham Gym on Washington Street at about 8 am on Saturday when Kathleen Thurston, 47, bushwhacked him.