Synonyms and related words:
ambush, assail, assault, astonish, attack, blitz, catch off-guard, catch unawares, come at, come down on, come from behind, come upon unexpectedly, crack down on, descend on, descend upon, do the unexpected, drop in on, fall on, fall upon, gang up on, go at, go for, harry, have at, hit, hit like lightning, jump, land on, lay at, lay hands on, lay into, light into, mug, pitch into, pounce upon, pound, pull up short, sail into, set on, set upon, spring a surprise, spring upon, strike, surprise, swoop down on, take by surprise, take short, take the offensive, take unawares, wade into

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  • bushwhack — ush whack v. t. to lie in ambush for, lie in wait for. Syn: ambush, scupper, lie for, waylay, lurk, ambuscade. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bushwhack — ush whack v. i. 1. to live in the bush as a fugitive or as a guerilla. [WordNet 1.5] 2. to cut one s way through the woods or bush. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bushwhack — ☆ bushwhack [boosh′hwak΄, boosh′wak΄ ] vi. [prob. < BUSH1 + WHACK] 1. to beat or cut one s way through bushes 2. to move a boat along a stream by pulling at the bushes on the bank 3. to engage in guerrilla fighting, attacking from ambush vt.… …   English World dictionary

  • bushwhack — verb Etymology: back formation from bushwhacker Date: 1866 transitive verb ambush; broadly to attack suddenly ; assault intransitive verb to clear a path through thick woods especially by chopping down bushes and low branches • …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bushwhack — /boosh hwak , wak /, v.i. 1. to make one s way through woods by cutting at undergrowth, branches, etc. 2. to travel through woods. 3. to pull a boat upstream from on board by grasping bushes, rocks, etc., on the shore. 4. to fight as a… …   Universalium

  • bushwhack — verb a) to travel through thick wooded country, cutting away scrub to make progress b) to fight, as a guerilla, especially in wooded country See Also: bushwhacking, bushwhacker …   Wiktionary

  • bushwhack — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To attack suddenly and without warning: ambuscade, ambush, surprise, waylay. See ATTACK …   English dictionary for students

  • bushwhack — bush|whack [ˈbuʃwæk] v [I and T] [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: bushwhacker (19 21 centuries), perhaps from Dutch boschwachter forest guard ] to push or cut your way through thick trees or bushes …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • bushwhack — v. cut paths through jungles or thick forests; live or travel in the bush; be a guerrilla fighter; ambush …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bushwhack — stop you and rob you, jump, mugged    When he stopped to camp by the stream, two guys bushwhacked him stole his money and horse …   English idioms

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