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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR AMBUSHES

Sorties were discussed, ambushes considered, and a pitched battle was planned.

There is a sweeping curve of glen, made for ambushes and devices of arms.

They had formed a series of ambushes, connected by a broad path.

Would he take any woman into this life of straits and hidings and ambushes?

We can't afford any ambushes or things of that kind, you know.'

An' besides that'll mean a detour in a country fine for ambushes.

Did I not tell you that this war was one of stratagems and ambushes?

They had studied much at West Point about ambushes, and how to avoid them.

It is to me still a wonder how I have escaped all the ambushes laid for me.

I was prepared for surprises, ambushes, desperate fights, and all that sort of thing.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.