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ambushverb [T]

uk   /ˈæm.bʊʃ/  us   /ˈæm.bʊʃ/
to suddenly attack someone after hiding and waiting for them: Five soldiers died after their bus was ambushed on a country road. He was ambushed by gunmen on his way to work.

ambushnoun [C or U]

uk   /ˈæm.bʊʃ/  us   /ˈæm.bʊʃ/
an occasion when a person or group of people are ambushed: Several passers-by were killed in the ambush. Fear of ambush prevents the police from going to high-risk areas.
lie/wait in ambush
to hide and wait for someone in order to attack them.
(Definition of ambush from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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ambushnoun [C]

 us   /ˈæm·bʊʃ/
a sudden and surprising attack on a person or group by one or more people who have been hiding and waiting for them: Seven commandos were wounded in an ambush.
verb [T]  us   /ˈæm·bʊʃ/
The Air Cavalry was ambushed and suffered big losses.
(Definition of ambush from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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