ambush

am•bush
[[t]ˈæm bʊʃ[/t]] n.
1) an act or instance of lying concealed so as to attack by surprise:
The highwaymen waited in ambush near the road[/ex]
2) an act or instance of attacking unexpectedly from a concealed position
3) the concealed position itself:
They fired from ambush[/ex]
4) those who attack suddenly and unexpectedly from a concealed position
5) to attack from ambush
6) to lie in ambush
Etymology: 1250–1300; ME enbuss(h)en < MF embuschier lit., to set in the woods « VL *busca wood, forest am′bush•er, n.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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