AskDefine | Define bushwhack

Dictionary Definition



1 wait in hiding to attack [syn: ambush, scupper, waylay, lurk, ambuscade, lie in wait]
2 live in the bush as a fugitive or as a guerilla
3 cut one's way through the woods or bush

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. to travel through thick wooded country, cutting away scrub to make progress
  2. to fight, as a guerilla, especially in wooded country
  3. to ambush

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Extensive Definition

Bushwhack and Bushwhacking can mean:
  • A mountaineering term used to describe hiking without trails. The name derives from the action of whacking bushes as one walks through trailless terrain. Sometimes confused with the closely related word bivouac, which has several meanings including camping with only incidental shelter. The term is now also commonly used in geocaching with the same meaning.
  • A style of guerilla warfare popular in the American Civil War called bushwhackers.

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

ambush, assail, assault, astonish, attack, blitz, catch off-guard, catch unawares, come at, come down on, come from behind, come upon unexpectedly, crack down on, descend on, descend upon, do the unexpected, drop in on, fall on, fall upon, gang up on, go at, go for, harry, have at, hit, hit like lightning, jump, land on, lay at, lay hands on, lay into, light into, mug, pitch into, pounce upon, pound, pull up short, sail into, set on, set upon, spring a surprise, spring upon, strike, surprise, swoop down on, take by surprise, take short, take the offensive, take unawares, wade into
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