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Definition of ambush:

  1. A concealed station, where troops or enemies lie in wait to attack by surprise.
  2. A disposition or arrangement of troops for attacking an enemy unexpectedly from a concealed station. Hence: Unseen peril; a device to entrap; a snare.
  3. The troops posted in a concealed place, for attacking by surprise; liers in wait.
  4. To attack by ambush; to waylay.
  5. To lie in wait, for the purpose of attacking by surprise; to lurk.
  6. To station in ambush with a view to surprise an enemy.


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