Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To force one's way through a forested or overgrown area where no path exists.
  • intransitive verb To travel through or live in the woods.
  • intransitive verb To fight as a guerrilla in the woods.
  • intransitive verb To attack suddenly from a place of concealment. synonym: ambush.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To act in the manner of a bushwhacker: sojourn in or beat about the bush
  • engage in guerrilla warfare and fire from behind the bushes.
  • To cut bushes with a bushwhacker.
  • To hunt clucks by approaching them in a boat which has a screen around it to conceal the occupants.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb to live in the bush as a fugitive or as a guerilla.
  • intransitive verb to cut one's way through the woods or bush.
  • transitive verb to lie in ambush for, lie in wait for.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb to travel through thick wooded country, cutting away scrub to make progress
  • verb to fight, as a guerilla, especially in wooded country
  • verb to ambush

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb wait in hiding to attack
  • verb cut one's way through the woods or bush
  • verb live in the bush as a fugitive or as a guerilla

Etymologies

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Examples

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  • There was only one way to get into the area: land in a neighboring valley and bushwhack through a couple of thousand vertical feet of nasty terrain.

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  • And the lesson learned on this odyssey was twofold: first, the treasures of solitude and eager trout are there for the asking if you're willing to hike, bushwhack, and sweat a bit; second, these fish still hang in a very fragile balance, and it's up to us to keep them.

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  • We bushwhack -- not barefoot -- over muddy streams and up through the tangle of vines and limbs, to the place where Marina waits.

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  • Johnson's putter did not always cooperate, and he got into trouble with some of the bushwhack spots common to the U.S.

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  • It wasn't easy; I had to bushwhack, using my arms as machetes.

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  • We bushwhack -- not barefoot -- over muddy streams and up through the tangle of vines and limbs, to the place where Marina waits.

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