Definition of waylay
: to lie in wait for or attack from ambush
Examples of waylay in a Sentence
Gangs sometimes waylay travelers on that road.
We were waylaid by a group of kids with water balloons.
Recent Examples of waylay from the Web
And the panel held a pair of hearings -- one with former FBI Director James Comey and another with former CIA Director John Brennan -- that had been waylaid by fighting between the Democrats and Nunes.
At $30,000 per kilo, if half a shipment gets waylaid, that’s still a major profit (and all without humans risking a border crossing).
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First Known Use of waylay
WAYLAY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of waylay for English Language Learners
: to stop (someone who is going somewhere)
: to attack (someone or something) by surprise from a hidden place
WAYLAY Defined for Kids
Definition of waylay for Students
: to attack from hiding
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