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ambushverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈæm.bʊʃ/
to ​suddenlyattack someone after ​hiding and ​waiting for them: Five ​soldiersdied after ​theirbus was ambushed on a ​countryroad. He was ambushed by ​gunmen on his way to ​work.

ambushnoun [C or U]

uk   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-riskareas.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 ​surprisingattack 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.
ambush
verb [T]  us   /ˈæm·bʊʃ/
The Air Cavalry was ambushed and ​sufferedbiglosses.
(Definition of ambush from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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