ambush

An ambush is a sneak attack. To ambush your enemy, hide and wait for him to come near and then pounce on him.

In war or in backyards, an ambush is a great way to surprise someone. Ambush comes from a Latin word meaning “to place in a wood,” and hiding in the woods behind a tree is a classic starting point for an ambush. The actual attack is called an ambush, but ambush is also a verb, so you can ambush your mom by dropping water balloons on her head from a tree. Please don’t tell her where you got that idea.

Definitions of ambush
  1. noun
    the act of concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surprise
    synonyms: ambuscade, lying in wait, trap
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    types:
    dry-gulching
    the act of killing from ambush
    type of:
    coup de main, surprise attack
    an attack without warning
  2. verb
    wait in hiding to attack
    synonyms: ambuscade, bushwhack, lie in wait, lurk, scupper, waylay
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    type of:
    wait
    stay in one place and anticipate or expect something
  3. verb
    hunt (quarry) by stalking and ambushing
    synonyms: still-hunt
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    type of:
    hunt, hunt down, run, track down
    pursue for food or sport (as of wild animals)
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