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bushwhack

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verb bush·whack \ˈbu̇sh-ˌhwak, -ˌwak\

Simple Definition of bushwhack

  • : to clear a path through thick woods by cutting down bushes and low tree branches

  • : to attack (someone) suddenly

Full Definition of bushwhack

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  ambush; broadly :  to attack suddenly :  assault

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to clear a path through thick woods especially by chopping down bushes and low branches

bush·whack·er noun

Examples of bushwhack

  1. The group bushwhacked through the jungle.

  2. They used the controversy as an opportunity to bushwhack their political opponents.



Origin of bushwhack

back-formation from bushwhacker


First Known Use: 1866

Rhymes with bushwhack

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