from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To make one's way through thick woods by cutting away bushes and branches.
  • intransitive v. To travel through or live in the woods.
  • intransitive v. To fight as a guerrilla in the woods.
  • transitive v. To attack suddenly from a place of concealment; ambush. See Synonyms at ambush.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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


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