Definition of bushwhack in US English:



often as noun bushwhacking
North American
  • 1Australian NZ no object Live or travel in wild or uncultivated country.

    ‘I have not seen a bear yet after seven days of bushwhacking’
    • ‘Satisfied with my day's bushwhacking, I take a worn trail to see Morning Glory Pool, one of the most photographed images in the world.’
    • ‘If age and economic class, the traditional explanations for bushwhacking, did not determine who went into the bush, what did?’
    • ‘We bushwhacked and scree-slid back down, but the bighorn faded back into the rocks.’
    • ‘If you're interested in doing a little bushwhacking during your next excursion, here are some tips to make that risky ride a bit more fun and worry free.’
    • ‘Though he originally worked in a British bank, in New Zealand Aris took any job on offer, from bushwhacking and bullock droving to selling lingerie.’
    • ‘Challenged by obstacles like thick vegetation, random trees, unexpected terrain changes, bushwhacking via bicycle takes every bit of your focus and attention.’
    • ‘We drop our packs in the willows and begin bushwhacking up and down the river, searching for a safe place to ford.’
    • ‘We opted to do a little bushwhacking and open up some trails in the three feet of new snow.’
    • ‘The ferns, palms, and other plants grew bigger, so bushwhacking was difficult.’
    • ‘After six miles of scrambling, sinking, and bushwhacking, we were scraped and exhausted.’
    • ‘Van Pelt favors ‘high potential’ areas for big tree hunting, which often means leaving the beaten trail behind in favor of bushwhacking.’
    • ‘This required much bushwhacking along an old survey line.’
    • ‘When experiencing the wonders of off-trail hiking or bushwhacking, remember to disperse your impact.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, because an ice storm hit the area earlier in the winter, many trails and bushwhacking sections were thick with downed trees.’
    • ‘To reach this point Meyer requires his reader to endure too much bushwhacking.’
    • ‘Slithering, clambering, and clawing through bush - literally bushwhacking - is unique to Blue Mountain canyoning.’
    • ‘I didn't want to see the park by bus, so I hiked south from the Denali visitor center and spent two days bushwhacking along deep, fast Riley Creek.’
    • ‘And fellow recreationists stood in awe of the couple's hiking, bushwhacking, and climbing résumés.’
    • ‘These roads that were no longer in use had been partly washed away in spots and were grown over by alder trees, but easier than plain bushwhacking.’
    • ‘We bushwhacked again but only for a few minutes to a dirt road, and started riding hard towards CP 19, the top of a heavily wooded mountain.’
    1. 1.1with adverbial of direction Cut or push one's way in a specified direction through dense vegetation.
      ‘he'd bushwhacked down the steep slopes’
      • ‘Unfortunately, borrowers who take the time to read credit card agreements often finding themselves bushwhacking through a thicket of dense prose.’
      • ‘I finally convinced him to let Steve and me paddle through easier water to the near shore, so I could bushwhack through the forest looking for a better portage.’
      • ‘For hours they crept along ridgelines and bushwhacked their way through stands of elephant grass.’
      • ‘This route is initially on a jeep trail and then it's bushwhacking through a section of thick forest (be sure you have a compass).’
      • ‘She continued till the path curved, where she did not follow it, and instead began to bushwhack through the small poplar trees and briar undergrowth of the Island thicket.’
      • ‘He's bushwhacked 2,000 miles through the some of the last untouched forests of Africa and hosted a rogue's gallery of tropical parasites and disease along the way.’
      • ‘It wasn't easy, all this bushwhacking through unfamiliar territory.’
      • ‘It's just like hiking in a thicket - it requires too much energy to bushwhack, so you follow a deer trail.’
      • ‘I briefly consider bushwhacking my way into the jungle in a parallel traverse of the Stilwell Road, or whatever is left of it.’
      • ‘Biologist J. Michael Fay, left, pictured with pilot Peter Ragg, has bushwhacked 2,000 miles through the some of the last untouched forests of Africa and inspired the creation of at least 13 national parks.’
      • ‘I park and bushwhack through desert cutlery for a mile.’
      • ‘One thing I've learned is that if there's no path through the forest, you have to bushwhack.’
      • ‘Apart from the rare dirt road, you're bushwhacking through terrain that is not kind to sneakers.’
      • ‘Bushwhacking through this landscape is like walking a maze.’
      • ‘Most anglers refuse to engage in the severe bushwhacking required to penetrate the thick dense undergrowth surrounding these newly created watercourses.’
      • ‘Koepcke bushwhacked along the rainforest floor, frequently hearing planes above, but she had no way to signal them.’
  • 2no object Fight as a guerrilla in the bush.

    • ‘Sometimes, Union troops in West Virginia simply arrested whoever was handy in response to bushwhacking, especially if arms were present.’
    • ‘It was a Southern sympathizer who started and helped create the Bushwhacking monster.’
    • ‘To be sure, one can use official sources to identify uniformed Confederates who turned to bushwhacking after being caught behind enemy lines.’
    • ‘The most common charge, however, was bushwhacking.’
    • ‘Bushwhacking was a form of guerrilla warfare during the American Civil War that was particularly prevalent in rural areas where there were sharp divisions between those favoring the Union and Confederacy in the conflict.’
    1. 2.1with object Make a surprise attack on (someone) from a hidden place; ambush.
      • ‘Hopefully he'll have forgotten about bushwhacking my back door by then!’
      • ‘‘The grave robbers used to bushwhack in and cart out the artifacts on their backs,’ Hansen says.’
      • ‘The society girl is kidnapped by small-time hoodlums who are in turn bushwhacked by a bigger, meaner gang, a family affair led by Ma Grissom and her sons.’
      • ‘The next day the Boston Globe reported, ‘the Mayor got bushwhacked at his own news conference’ and Bulger ‘ran circles around the nonplussed mayor.’’
      • ‘He extended his winning streak to six rounds with a lopsided win over Scotty Cannon before being bushwhacked by Capps in round two.’
      • ‘But sometimes it was the locals who were bushwhacked out of fortunes by false promises of funds from China.’
      • ‘I've been bushwhacked with a bunch of stuff that's keeping me away from the keyboard!’
      • ‘One trick is to bushwhack whenever possible.’
      • ‘It was the first time in his young career Manning was bushwhacked from the back.’
      • ‘I was emotionally bushwhacked as I watched the TV coverage of the first lawful gay and lesbian marriages in Massachusetts.’
      • ‘When that time arrives, you become the one to bushwhack him.’
      • ‘‘We've totally lost confidence in operating through due process,’ said Wise. ‘We've been betrayed and bushwhacked.’’
      attack by surprise, trap, surprise, pounce on, lay a trap for, set an ambush for, lie in wait for, waylay, entrap, ensnare
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