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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: way + lay 'to set a trap for' (13-19 centuries)

waylay

verb
     
way‧lay past tense and past participle waylaid [transitive]
1 if someone waylays you, they stop you when you are going somewhere, for example to attack you or talk to you:
They used to waylay him as he came out of the factory.
2 [usually passive] if you are waylaid, you are delayed when you are doing something - often used humorously to say why you are late:
Sorry, we got waylaid at the bar.

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