bushwhack ush"whack` v. i. 1. to live in the bush as a fugitive or as a guerilla. [WordNet 1.5]

2. to cut one's way through the woods or bush. [WordNet 1.5]

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  • bushwhack — ush whack v. t. to lie in ambush for, lie in wait for. Syn: ambush, scupper, lie for, waylay, lurk, ambuscade. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bushwhack — ☆ bushwhack [boosh′hwak΄, boosh′wak΄ ] vi. [prob. < BUSH1 + WHACK] 1. to beat or cut one s way through bushes 2. to move a boat along a stream by pulling at the bushes on the bank 3. to engage in guerrilla fighting, attacking from ambush vt.… …   English World dictionary

  • bushwhack — verb Etymology: back formation from bushwhacker Date: 1866 transitive verb ambush; broadly to attack suddenly ; assault intransitive verb to clear a path through thick woods especially by chopping down bushes and low branches • …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bushwhack — /boosh hwak , wak /, v.i. 1. to make one s way through woods by cutting at undergrowth, branches, etc. 2. to travel through woods. 3. to pull a boat upstream from on board by grasping bushes, rocks, etc., on the shore. 4. to fight as a… …   Universalium

  • bushwhack — verb a) to travel through thick wooded country, cutting away scrub to make progress b) to fight, as a guerilla, especially in wooded country See Also: bushwhacking, bushwhacker …   Wiktionary

  • bushwhack — Synonyms and related words: ambush, assail, assault, astonish, attack, blitz, catch off guard, catch unawares, come at, come down on, come from behind, come upon unexpectedly, crack down on, descend on, descend upon, do the unexpected, drop in on …   Moby Thesaurus

  • bushwhack — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To attack suddenly and without warning: ambuscade, ambush, surprise, waylay. See ATTACK …   English dictionary for students

  • bushwhack — bush|whack [ˈbuʃwæk] v [I and T] [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: bushwhacker (19 21 centuries), perhaps from Dutch boschwachter forest guard ] to push or cut your way through thick trees or bushes …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • bushwhack — v. cut paths through jungles or thick forests; live or travel in the bush; be a guerrilla fighter; ambush …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bushwhack — stop you and rob you, jump, mugged    When he stopped to camp by the stream, two guys bushwhacked him stole his money and horse …   English idioms

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