Definition of bushwhack in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbʊʃwak/


1 [no object] (often as noun bushwhacking) North American & Australian /NZ Live or travel in bush country: I have not seen a bear yet after seven days of bushwhacking
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  • Slithering, clambering, and clawing through bush - literally bushwhacking - is unique to Blue Mountain canyoning.
  • Satisfied with my day's bushwhacking, I take a worn trail to see Morning Glory Pool, one of the most photographed images in the world.
  • If age and economic class, the traditional explanations for bushwhacking, did not determine who went into the bush, what did?
1.1 [with adverbial of direction] Cut or push one’s way through dense vegetation: he’d bushwhacked down the steep slopes
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  • I briefly consider bushwhacking my way into the jungle in a parallel traverse of the Stilwell Road, or whatever is left of it.
  • Apart from the rare dirt road, you're bushwhacking through terrain that is not kind to sneakers.
  • Unfortunately, borrowers who take the time to read credit card agreements often finding themselves bushwhacking through a thicket of dense prose.
1.2Work clearing scrub and felling trees in bush country.
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  • Examining what you might do if all plans go south means that the company has alternative paths roughly traced instead of having to bushwhack untrodden forest.
2 [no object] North American Engage in guerrilla warfare.
Example sentences
  • To be sure, one can use official sources to identify uniformed Confederates who turned to bushwhacking after being caught behind enemy lines.
  • The most common charge, however, was bushwhacking.
  • Sometimes, Union troops in West Virginia simply arrested whoever was handy in response to bushwhacking, especially if arms were present.
2.1 [with object] Surprise (someone) by attacking them from a hidden place; ambush.
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  • I was emotionally bushwhacked as I watched the TV coverage of the first lawful gay and lesbian marriages in Massachusetts.
  • When that time arrives, you become the one to bushwhack him.
  • But sometimes it was the locals who were bushwhacked out of fortunes by false promises of funds from China.

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