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Definition of "ambush" []

  • The act of lying in wait to attack by surprise. (noun)
  • A sudden attack made from a concealed position. (noun)
  • Those hiding in order to attack by surprise. (noun)
  • The hiding place used for this. (noun)
  • A hidden peril or trap. (noun)
  • The act of waiting in a concealed position in order to launch a surprise attack (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A surprise attack from such a position (noun)
  • The concealed position from which such an attack is launched (noun)
  • The person or persons waiting to launch such an attack (noun)
  • To lie in wait (for) (verb)
  • To attack suddenly from a concealed position (verb)

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Use "ambush" in a sentence
  • "The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which counts three million members, said it filed a lawsuit Tuesday night to challenge what it called the "ambush election rule.""
  • "The apparent resignation came as the Syrian government said it would take swift action against what it described as an ambush by armed groups that resulted in the death of 120 police and security-force members in a northwestern town."
  • "ANDERSON: Redford also criticized what he calls the ambush marketers who descend upon the Sundance Film Festival every year to sell their products and also get free publicity through the celebrity."