American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To lie in wait for and attack from ambush. See Synonyms at ambush.
- v. To accost or intercept unexpectedly.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To lie in wait for in the way, in order to lay hold of for some purpose; particularly, to lie in wait for with the view of accosting, seizing, assaulting, robbing, or slaying; take in ambush: as, to waylay a traveler.
- To beset with ambushes or ambuscades; ambuscade.
- v. transitive To lie in wait for and attack from ambush.
- v. transitive To accost or intercept unexpectedly.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. 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.
- v. wait in hiding to attack
- way + lay likely from Middle Dutch wegelagen ("besetting of ways, lying in wait with evil or hostile intent along public ways"). (Wiktionary)
“Curtis started, to what you have called waylay him in the avenue.”
“They switched their car's headlights off and drove along another street to "waylay" the police vehicle.”
“Like Solzhenitsyn said, if the people lay in wait under staircases with sticks and kitchen knives to waylay the Cheka when they came at night, rather than hiding in their own apartments, they could have made it too costly for the Soviets to imprison and murder so many millions.”
“The government does not, indeed, waylay a man in a lonely place, spring upon him from the roadside, and, holding a pistol to his head, proceed to rifle his pockets.”
“However, given the potential pitfalls that could still waylay the markets, many strategists and investors are keeping portfolios light on the riskiest investments.”
“At the river, older street children waylay girls who come to fetch water," one boy recounts.”
“When zombies waylay you, they will not be merciful because you are helpless.”
“A body can waste time on a summers day without having to waylay quite so many resources, far better go go fishin or fling a few shafts (or rounds) downrange.”
“Neumann said his troops also protect the local population from bandits and extortionists who try to waylay travelers and exact illegal tolls.”
“If you cut your teeth on Katrina, nothing's going to waylay you in the future.”
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