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

n the act of concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surprise

ambuscade, lying in wait, trap
the act of killing from ambush
Type of:
coup de main, surprise attack
an attack without warning

v wait in hiding to attack

ambuscade, bushwhack, lie in wait, lurk, scupper, waylay
Type of:
stay in one place and anticipate or expect something

v hunt (quarry) by stalking and ambushing

Type of:
hunt, hunt down, run, track down
pursue for food or sport (as of wild animals)

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