lie in wait


: to hide and wait for the right moment to make an attack
The killer may have been lying in wait for him.
sometimes used figuratively
No one knows what lies in wait for us in the coming year.

Examples of lie in wait in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Deep in the infamous burial grounds, Dr. Jack Griffin (also known as The Invisible Man), the Phantom of the Opera, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, Dr. Jekyll and his deranged alternate personality Mr. Hyde lie in wait. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 July 2023 Other infantry teams lie in wait with surface-to-air missiles to take down Russian helicopters. Missy Ryan, Isabelle Khurshudyan and Michael Birnbaum, The Washington Post, Anchorage Daily News, 19 July 2023 Just as ticks lie in wait for an animal to brush past, researchers waited for unlucky humans to discover and report their encounters. Scistarter Team, Discover Magazine, 12 July 2023 Belle Starr died on Venus, just before sunset on Feb. 3, 1889, shotgunned from the back by a sniper who had hated her enough to lie in wait for hours. Michael Farquhar, Washington Post, 13 May 2023 Aziza, a spirit and god cast into Osunde’s pages who likes to sweep people up and place them in a netherworld, is just the kind of being to lie in wait. Los Angeles Times, 20 Mar. 2022 Kulhan: Difficulties lie in wait within all major changes. Bob Kulhan, Forbes, 15 June 2021 With massive resources available for purchasing content, these companies can, in essence, lie in wait and read reviews until a writer shows a level of mature talent following years of cultivation by a theater, and then swoop in and steal that writer away. Chris Jones, ajc, 12 June 2020 Even more secrets lie in wait within the rock surrounding the bone, which contains impressions of the dinosaurs’ skin and haloes of residue that may have formed as the animals’ soft tissues degraded. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, 17 Nov. 2020 See More

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“Lie in wait.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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