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An ambush:‘our sensibilities are being battered with reports of killings and ambuscades’
ambush, lure, decoy, baitView synonyms
- ‘‘I grew up with it, getting to know the various places of battles, skirmishes, sieges, ambuscades, ancient strongholds and war trails,’ wrote William.’
- ‘If nothing else, the ambuscade - traditionally dated August 15, 778 - did take place.’
- ‘In politics, as in war, we meet with certain ardent minds which never understand the utility of marches, counter marches, ambuscades, and affairs of outposts.’
- ‘The group were active in the late 1980s and used to conduct daring ambuscades on mostly abusive police and local officials.’
Ambush (someone):‘French and his companions were ambuscaded by the Indians’
- ‘Colbert hastily collected the old men and boys of the tribe, and ambuscaded the Creeks so successfully that not one of them escaped.’
- ‘Brown was opposed to the pursuit, and told Patrick he feared they would be ambuscaded.’
- ‘It was evident that the enemy were ambuscaded in great force.’
- ‘But Rosie broke the compact and ambuscaded the poor fellow.’
- ‘During an expedition to the frontier for the object of punishing a marauding party, his company was ambuscaded and made a desperate resistance, but were overpowered and put to flight.’
Late 16th century: from French embuscade, from Italian imboscata, Spanish emboscada, or Portuguese embuscada, based on a late Latin word meaning to place in a wood; related to bush.
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