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
In Stapleton's songs, whiskey, lust, music and the lure of the road loom as infernal demons that waylay many an earnest seeker of peace and happiness.
Martin played his four years in the NFL for the Tennessee Titans and was on the Philadelphia Eagles roster last year before being waylaid by a leg injury, sending him to the free-agency pile.
To waylay this fear, Mattis, according to a report in Reuters last week, indicated in a letter to his Turkish counterpart that the Pentagon would take back the weapons from the Kurdish fighters after the Raqqa campaign.
On a mission to retrieve the tech CEO Gavin Belson (Matt Ross) from his retreat at a Tibetan monastery, Erlich gets waylaid at an opium den; a frustrated Gavin pays the proprietors to keep him busy there for five years.
Those two main initiatives are now indefinitely waylaid, leaving Congress facing the prospect of increasing the debt limit through regular order, the rules and dynamics of which would require Republicans and Democrats to act together.
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.
Prices are down more than 14% year to date, primarily from stockpiles in the U.S. holding near historic highs and waylaying a rally many had expected after the world’s...
And then there’s Tyson Fury, the British nomad who upset Klitschko in 2015 before being waylaid by mental and other issues.
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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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