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The Collaborative Dictionary

Waylay \Way"lay`\ (?; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Waylaid; p. pr. & vb. n. Waylaying.] [Way + lay.] To lie in wait for; to meet or encounter in the way; especially, to watch for the passing of, with a view to seize, rob, or slay; to beset in ambush. [1913 Webster] Falstaff, Bardolph, Peto, and Gadshill shall rob those men that we have already waylaid. --Shak. [1913 Webster] She often contrived to waylay him in his walks. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

waylay v : wait in hiding to attack [syn: ambush, scupper, bushwhack, lurk, ambuscade, lie in wait] [also: waylaid]

English

Pronunciation

Verb

  1. To lie in wait for and attack from ambush.
  2. To accost or intercept unexpectedly.

Translations

To lie in wait for and attack from ambush
To accost or intercept unexpectedly
  • German: auflauern
  • Russian: подкарауливать, поджидать

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