One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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
- ‘He bushranges his way to fame and success.’
- ‘This forced them to venture from their camouflaged dwellings and barren nooks to hunt, fish, and bushrange.’
- ‘He chose to bushrange and never blamed anybody for driving him to it.’
- ‘They could confidently be expected to bushrange in Sydney for a fairly long season.’
- ‘I couldn't bushrange or anything with a clear conscience in the future if I had a thing like this hanging over me.’
Early 19th century: a back-formation from bushranger.
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