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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: embuschier, from en 'in' + busche 'wood'


am‧bush [uncountable and countable]
a sudden attack on someone by people who have been hiding and waiting for them, or the place where this happens:
The soldiers were killed in an ambush.
In winter the danger of ambush is much reduced.
lie/wait in ambush
Armed police lay in ambush behind the hedge.
ambush verb [transitive]
Everybody thought our train would be ambushed, but we got out safely.

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