bushwhack

verb bush·whack \ ˈbu̇sh-ˌhwak , -ˌwak \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of bushwhack

transitive verb
: ambush; broadly : to attack suddenly : assault
intransitive verb
: to clear a path through thick woods especially by chopping down bushes and low branches

bushwhacker

noun

Examples of bushwhack in a Sentence

  1. The group bushwhacked through the jungle.

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

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Origin and Etymology of bushwhack

back-formation from bushwhacker


BUSHWHACK Defined for English Language Learners

bushwhack

verb

Definition of bushwhack for English Language Learners

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

  • : to attack (someone) suddenly



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