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Definition of "lying in wait" [lying in wait]

  • The act of concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surprise (noun)
  • Waiting in concealment; in ambush (adjective)

WordNet. Princeton University. 2010.

Use "lying in wait" in a sentence
  • "At which moment, thethousand-strong American force that had been lying in wait in the mudbrick houses and sewers of Luxorbehind the European ambush force moved in."
  • "There was always the danger of a Flighter lying in wait and jumping out at me through a nearby window before I had time to react, but it was better than running down the street for all to see."
  • "In case the Boston Strangler took a serious wrong turn and is lying in wait for me?"
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