One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘we were on our way to Winchester when we were waylaid and robbed’
ambush, hold up, attack, assail, rob
lie in wait for, lay a trap for, trap, entrap
informal mug, stick up
2‘a series of people waylaid her to chat before she was out of the room’
accost, detain, intercept, take aside, stop and talk to, pounce on, swoop down on, importune
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