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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
ambush a convoy (=attack a convoy)
▪ Gunmen ambushed a convoy of trucks heading north.
▪ Meanwhile four policemen were killed in an ambush in Soweto.
▪ All three were trapped and killed in an ambush two miles from the kibbutz.
▪ LoEsheLacy, a junior at McClymonds High School, was killed in the ambush.
▪ The old enemies, undefeated, have devised new strategies; new assailants lie in ambush.
▪ Had he been on the Cardinal's business or lying in ambush for Irvine?
▪ We were taught about hand grenades and explosives, and how to set ambushes and lay mines in the most effective pattern.
▪ It always bugged me, going on the same patrol, going on the same hill, setting up the same ambush.
▪ Women's Organizations and Refugees 15 army trucks arrived and the soldiers set up an ambush to try and kill us all.
▪ My platoon went deepest into the wooded area we were going into to set up an ambush patrol.
▪ They were calling off their comrades who waited in ambush further ahead.
▪ For all he knew, Mrs Solomon might have been waiting in ambush.
▪ Six or seven of the passengers were killed in an ambush on the narrowest part of the road.
▪ They moved slowly, knowing that in the next clump of trees enemy soldiers might be lying in ambush.
▪ He no longer walked around as if every step might take him into an ambush.
▪ I walk out of the building tensing myself for the ambush.
▪ If you must walk alone at night keep a look out for potential ambush spots and cross the road to avoid them.
▪ LoEsheLacy, a junior at McClymonds High School, was killed in the ambush.
▪ Richard Montacune had been driven from his first vantage post, where ambush had given him the edge of surprise.
▪ The sappers crept a little closer, past the vacated ambush site.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Ambush \Am"bush\, v. i. To lie in wait, for the purpose of attacking by surprise; to lurk.

Nor saw the snake that ambushed for his prey.


Ambush \Am"bush\ ([a^]m"b[oo^]sh), n. [F. emb[^u]che, fr. the verb. See Ambush, v. t.]

  1. A disposition or arrangement of troops for attacking an enemy unexpectedly from a concealed station. Hence: Unseen peril; a device to entrap; a snare.

    Heaven, whose high walls fear no assault or siege Or ambush from the deep.

  2. A concealed station, where troops or enemies lie in wait to attack by surprise.

    Bold in close ambush, base in open field.

  3. The troops posted in a concealed place, for attacking by surprise; liers in wait. [Obs.]

    The ambush arose quickly out of their place.
    --Josh. viii. 19.

    To lay an ambush, to post a force in ambush.


Ambush \Am"bush\ ([a^]m"b[oo^]sh), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ambushed ([a^]m"b[oo^]shd); p. pr. & vb. n. Ambushing.] [OE. enbussen, enbushen, OF. embushier, embuissier, F. emb[^u]cher, embusquer, fr. LL. imboscare; in + LL. boscus, buscus, a wood; akin to G. bush, E. bush. See Ambuscade, Bush.]

  1. To station in ambush with a view to surprise an enemy.

    By ambushed men behind their temple laid, We have the king of Mexico betrayed.

  2. To attack by ambush; to waylay.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, from Old French embuscher (13c., Modern French embûcher) "to lay an ambush," from en- "in" + busch "wood," apparently from Frankish *busk "bush, woods" (see bush (n.)). Related: Ambushed; ambushing.


late 15c., embushe, from the English verb or from Middle French embusche, from Old French embuscher (see ambush (v.)). Earlier was ambushment (late 14c.). Figurative use by 1590s.


n. 1 The act of concealing oneself and lying in wait to attack by surprise. 2 An attack launched from a concealed position. 3 The troops posted in a concealed place, for attacking by surprise; those who lie in wait. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To station in ambush with a view to surprise an enemy. 2 (context transitive English) To attack by ambush; to waylay.

  1. n. the act of concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surprise [syn: ambuscade, lying in wait, trap]

  2. v. wait in hiding to attack [syn: scupper, bushwhack, waylay, lurk, ambuscade, lie in wait]

  3. hunt (quarry) by stalking and ambushing [syn: still-hunt]

Ambush (band)

Ambush is a Canadian country music group, formed in 1993 in Ottawa, and now based in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Ambush (1939 film)

Ambush is a 1939 American drama film directed by Kurt Neumann and written by Laura Perelman and S. J. Perelman. The film stars Gladys Swarthout, Lloyd Nolan, William "Bill" Henry, William Frawley, Ernest Truex and Broderick Crawford. The film was released on January 20, 1939, by Paramount Pictures.


An ambush is a long-established military tactic in which combatants take advantage of concealment and the element of surprise to attack unsuspecting enemy combatants from concealed positions, such as among dense underbrush or behind hilltops. Ambushes have been used consistently throughout history, from ancient to modern warfare. In the 20th century, an ambush might involve thousands of soldiers on a large scale, such as over a choke point such as a mountain pass, or a small guerrilla band or insurgent group attacking a regular armed force patrol. Ambushes have been used many times in military history.

Ambush (1999 film)

Ambush is a 1999 Finnish war film directed by Olli Saarela. Literally "Road of Rukajärvi", the film debuted on 22 January 1999 in Finland, after which it was released internationally. The film is based on a book written by Antti Tuuri and its leads are played by Peter Franzén as Lt. Eero Perkola and Irina Björklund as Kaarina Vainikainen, Lt. Perkola's love.

Rukajärvi (Rugozero) is a municipality (as well as a lake) in Karelia, Russia, and it was occupied by the Finnish Army during the Continuation War of 1941-44.

Ambush (disambiguation)

An ambush is a military tactic.

Ambush may also refer to:

  • HMS Ambush, two Royal Navy submarines
  • French frigate L'Ambuscade
  • Ambush predator, an animal that waits for its prey to approach instead of actively pursuing
  • Ambush!, a board game by Avalon Hill
  • Ambush (1939 film), directed by Kurt Neumann
  • Ambush (1950 film), directed by Sam Wood
  • Ambush (1999 film), a 1999 Finnish war film
  • "Ambush" (CSI: Miami), an episode of CSI: Miami
  • Ambush (ER episode)
  • Ambush (band), Canadian country music band
    • Ambush (album), by the band Ambush
  • "Ambush" (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), the series premiere of Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  • Ambush (G.I. Joe), a fictional character in the G.I. Joe universe
Ambush (1950 film)

Ambush is a 1950 western film directed by Sam Wood and starring Robert Taylor, John Hodiak and Arlene Dahl. This was the last film directed by Sam Wood. The plot is based based on the serial story Ambush by Luke Short in The Saturday Evening Post (25 Dec 1948–12 Feb 1949).

The movie was filmed on location at the Corriganville Ranch in Simi Valley, California, home of hundreds of western movies and television shows through the decades as well as such outdoor action films as The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) and Jungle Jim (1948). Additional location work for the film took place in and around Gallup, New Mexico.

Usage examples of "ambush".

If it had been left to the warriors none would have escaped the ambush, but the libraries had decreed that some should live so that they might inform others of their kind that this Associative, at least, ought to be left alone at night as well as during the day.

Unbeknownst to us, the raiders doubled back and a dozen of them ambushed us.

Kosovars were ambushed, Terry automatically relocated his team to a new base camp, one known only to his team.

Nothing had gone right since they had been ambushed by hired ruffians when they had arrived at the Gate of Double Glory.

He was badly bruised from the beating he had received when he had been ambushed, and, controlling the hell-hound had been as exhausting as riding a high-spirited thoroughbred.

When he and Tamora had been ambushed at the Gate of Double Glory, or when he and Eliphas had been chased by the hell-hound, he had been too busy trying to save his life to feel real fear.

The second of the one-ninety-eighth was ambushed during movement to reinforce you.

Slow, noisy and harmless would have been more like it, because about all they ever did was get themselves surrounded or ambushed, or both, and then call for someone to rescue them.

Our patrols slipped down darkened trails to set ambushes or to be ambushed themselves.

Led by a classmate from Quantico, a black officer named Adam Simpson, a twenty-eight-man patrol was ambushed by two hundred VC and almost annihilated.

She was on her way to be married when her party was ambushed by the slavers.

Of all the risky journeys, that on an ambushed river is the most risky, in my judgment, and that risk has Jasper run.

Christian white man, they have bit at the bait, and have ambushed the smoke!

We were ambushed, and the Sergeant got a bad hurt, and would have lost his scalp, but for a sort of inbred turn I took to the weapon.

He had been on the trail to the Diamond K when he was ambushed, and that was still where he was, he realized as he noted several landmarks.