Definition of ambush noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈæmbʊʃ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæmbʊʃ//
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[countable, uncountable] the act of hiding and waiting for somebody and then making a surprise attack on them Two soldiers were killed in a terrorist ambush. They were lying in ambush, waiting for the aid convoy. The government was defeated in its attempt to pass the law by an opposition ambush. See related entries: Terrorism Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘place troops in hiding in order to surprise an enemy’): from Old French embusche (noun), embuschier (verb), based on a late Latin word meaning ‘to place in a wood’; related to bush.Extra examples The soldiers set up an ambush on the road. They staged an ambush on an army patrol. Twelve men were killed in the ambush. We ran into an ambush in the valley.
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