Definition of bushwhack in US English:

bushwhack

verb

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

    ‘I have not seen a bear yet after seven days of bushwhacking’
    • ‘We bushwhacked and scree-slid back down, but the bighorn faded back into the rocks.’
    • ‘Van Pelt favors ‘high potential’ areas for big tree hunting, which often means leaving the beaten trail behind in favor of bushwhacking.’
    • ‘To reach this point Meyer requires his reader to endure too much bushwhacking.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This required much bushwhacking along an old survey line.’
    • ‘When experiencing the wonders of off-trail hiking or bushwhacking, remember to disperse your impact.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Slithering, clambering, and clawing through bush - literally bushwhacking - is unique to Blue Mountain canyoning.’
    • ‘And fellow recreationists stood in awe of the couple's hiking, bushwhacking, and climbing résumés.’
    • ‘We drop our packs in the willows and begin bushwhacking up and down the river, searching for a safe place to ford.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The ferns, palms, and other plants grew bigger, so bushwhacking was difficult.’
    • ‘Challenged by obstacles like thick vegetation, random trees, unexpected terrain changes, bushwhacking via bicycle takes every bit of your focus and attention.’
    • ‘If age and economic class, the traditional explanations for bushwhacking, did not determine who went into the bush, what did?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After six miles of scrambling, sinking, and bushwhacking, we were scraped and exhausted.’
    • ‘We opted to do a little bushwhacking and open up some trails in the three feet of new snow.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, because an ice storm hit the area earlier in the winter, many trails and bushwhacking sections were thick with downed trees.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘For hours they crept along ridgelines and bushwhacked their way through stands of elephant grass.’
      • ‘I briefly consider bushwhacking my way into the jungle in a parallel traverse of the Stilwell Road, or whatever is left of it.’
      • ‘Most anglers refuse to engage in the severe bushwhacking required to penetrate the thick dense undergrowth surrounding these newly created watercourses.’
      • ‘It wasn't easy, all this bushwhacking through unfamiliar territory.’
      • ‘Koepcke bushwhacked along the rainforest floor, frequently hearing planes above, but she had no way to signal them.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, borrowers who take the time to read credit card agreements often finding themselves bushwhacking through a thicket of dense prose.’
      • ‘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).’
      • ‘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's just like hiking in a thicket - it requires too much energy to bushwhack, so you follow a deer trail.’
      • ‘Bushwhacking through this landscape is like walking a maze.’
      • ‘Apart from the rare dirt road, you're bushwhacking through terrain that is not kind to sneakers.’
      • ‘One thing I've learned is that if there's no path through the forest, you have to bushwhack.’
  • 2no object Fight as a guerrilla in the bush.

    • ‘It was a Southern sympathizer who started and helped create the Bushwhacking monster.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sometimes, Union troops in West Virginia simply arrested whoever was handy in response to bushwhacking, especially if arms were present.’
    • ‘To be sure, one can use official sources to identify uniformed Confederates who turned to bushwhacking after being caught behind enemy lines.’
    1. 2.1with object Make a surprise attack on (someone) from a hidden place; ambush.
      • ‘When that time arrives, you become the one to bushwhack him.’
      • ‘I've been bushwhacked with a bunch of stuff that's keeping me away from the keyboard!’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘The grave robbers used to bushwhack in and cart out the artifacts on their backs,’ Hansen says.’
      • ‘But sometimes it was the locals who were bushwhacked out of fortunes by false promises of funds from China.’
      • ‘Hopefully he'll have forgotten about bushwhacking my back door by then!’
      • ‘I was emotionally bushwhacked as I watched the TV coverage of the first lawful gay and lesbian marriages in Massachusetts.’
      • ‘‘We've totally lost confidence in operating through due process,’ said Wise. ‘We've been betrayed and bushwhacked.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘One trick is to bushwhack whenever possible.’
      • ‘It was the first time in his young career Manning was bushwhacked from the back.’
      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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Pronunciation

bushwhack

/ˈbʊʃˌ(h)wæk//ˈbo͝oSHˌ(h)wak/