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Synonyms for ambuscade

an attack or stratagem for capturing or tricking an unsuspecting person


to attack suddenly and without warning

Synonyms for ambuscade

the act of concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surprise

wait in hiding to attack

References in classic literature ?
Remember that war with Arabs is a war of snares, ambuscades, and assassinations.
Yet it was remarkable that she sat as still as ever the amiable woman in ambuscade had seen her sit, at any period in her life.
She descended, in her shady ambuscade of green fan, to favour Mr and Mrs Meagles with a call.
When a few weeks later it was reported in the papers that Wilcox had been shot at from an ambuscade, it was an open secret that McMurdo was still at work upon his unfinished job.
He glanced about us, standing astride over the mess of dead rabbit, his eyes roving among the shadows and screens of greenery, the lurking-places and ambuscades of the forest that bounded us in.
They had to be continually on the alert, too, against the mountain tribes, who beset every defile, laid ambuscades in their path, or attacked them in their night encampments; so that, of the hardy bands of trappers that first entered into these regions, three-fifths are said to have fallen by the hands of savage foes.
Three hundred yards in advance of the column rode ten men to guard against surprise and ambuscades.
The security forces acting upon intelligence report organized an ambuscade against a group of Taliban in Bagh-e-Shirkat area Tuesday morning killing their commander Mawlawi Abdul Qahar on the spot and injuring three others," Qasim Jangalbagh told reporters, Xinhua reported.
A group of Taliban militants set ambuscade against a convoy of national police in Aqcha district Friday night, which triggered a heavy battle and lasted for four hours.
For example, in the Pocket Merriam-Webster the first few undominated words in the first case are boBCat, aneCDote, DEFt, and aFGHan, in the second case AmBusCaDE, DEFog, prizEFiGHtIng, and in the third case FEeDBACk, lIGHt-FaCED and straiGHtJacKet.
towards some holes sheltered by the willows near the River which is supposed they made for an ambuscade.
However, they had no information regarding the casualties resulting from ambuscade.
Further, if a man is not planning an immediate attack, but it has been ascertained that he has formed a plot, or is preparing an ambuscade, or that he is putting poison in our way, or that he is making ready a false accusation and false evidence, and is corrupting the judicial procedure, I maintain that he cannot lawfully be killed, either if the danger can in any other way be avoided, or if it is not altogether certain that the danger cannot be otherwise avoided.
Hicks' army, 11,000 strong, had been lured into an ambuscade by the Mahdi and destroyed.
The British were still more than thirty miles to the north when the frigate HMS Ambuscade detected an air attack and immediately alerted the fleet.