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ambush

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of ambush

  1. 1 a setup in which hidden attackers lie in wait revolutionaries laid an ambush for the king along the route his carriage would travel Synonyms ambuscade, ambushment, surprise (also surpize), trap Related Words assault, attack, charge, sally; capture, entrapment, mousetrap, snare; hunting, stalking

  2. 2 a device or scheme for capturing another by surprise thinking that he was getting into his assigned limousine, the diplomat did not realize that he was the victim of an ambush as he was being lured into his captor's car Synonyms trap, net, snare, webRelated Words enmeshment, entanglement, entrapment, envelopment; booby trap, catch, hazard, land mine, pitfall, snag; artifice, cheat, cheating, deception, double-dealing, duplicity, ploy, ruse, subterfuge, trick


ambush

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of ambush

  1. to lie in wait for and attack by surprise the king's enemies planned to ambush the royal coach on the way to Paris and capture the king Synonyms ambuscade, surprise (also surprize), waylay Related Words assail, assault, attack, storm, strike; jump, mug, pounce (on), tackle; charge, sally; capture, ensnare, entrap, mousetrap, net, snare, trap; hunt, prey (on or upon), stalk



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