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tr.v. way·laid (-lād′), way·lay·ing, way·lays
1. To lie in wait for and attack from ambush. See Synonyms at ambush.
2. To approach and speak to (a person on the way to a destination or in the middle of an activity): "After the meal he followed me into the living room and waylaid me before I could reassemble my guests" (Louis Auchincloss).
3. To interrupt the course or progress of: travelers waylaid by a storm; an athlete waylaid by an injury.

way′lay′er n.
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The waylayer can monitor the other's office through peripheral awareness, but can also focus on his or her own work.
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