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verb[WITH OBJECT]Australian, NZ
Hold up and rob people, especially travellers:‘I keep the gear close to me for fear of seeing it bushranged’[no object] ‘he fell in with other chaps and began to bushrange seriously’
rob, commit armed robbery on, make an armed raid onView synonyms
- ‘This forced them to venture from their camouflaged dwellings and barren nooks to hunt, fish, and bushrange.’
- ‘I couldn't bushrange or anything with a clear conscience in the future if I had a thing like this hanging over me.’
- ‘They could confidently be expected to bushrange in Sydney for a fairly long season.’
- ‘He bushranges his way to fame and success.’
- ‘He chose to bushrange and never blamed anybody for driving him to it.’
Early 19th century: a back-formation from bushranger.
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