ambuscade

[ am-buh-skeyd, am-buh-skeyd ]SEE DEFINITION OF ambuscade

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How is it you know there is an ambuscade laid to catch us napping?

This was the place of the ambuscade, where his army was cut to pieces.

Here a thousand Indians had planted themselves in ambuscade.

But the darkness, which had favored the ambuscade, now defeated their object.

And as to the wine-cup and slumber—these I guard against, even as a man might guard against an ambuscade.

The enemy, seeing it all through the thicket, were confirmed in their fears of an ambuscade.

The ambuscade of the Ant-lion is classic; it does not differ greatly from the others.

He was, however, drawn into an ambuscade, and dreaded the loss of his whole army.

"You jink from ambuscade to ambuscade of phrase like a fox," I cried.

He selects, for his ambuscade the month, the day, of Austerlitz.

WORD ORIGIN

1580s, essentially a variant form of ambush (n.), representing a reborrowing of that French word after it had been Italianized. Ambuscade is from French embuscade (16c.), Gallicized from Italian imboscata, literally "a hiding in the bush," compounded from the same elements as Old French embuscher. Sometimes in English as ambuscado, with faux Spanish ending of the sort popular in 17c.

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