lie in wait

{v. phr.} To watch from hiding in order to attack or surprise someone; to ambush. * /The driver of the stage-coach knew that the thieves were lying in wait somewhere along the road./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • lie in wait — index lurk, prowl Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • lie in wait — verb wait in hiding to attack (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑ambush, ↑scupper, ↑bushwhack, ↑waylay, ↑lurk, ↑ambuscade • Derivationally related forms: ↑ambuscade …   Useful english dictionary

  • lie in wait — 1. to stay hidden, ready to attack. Police said the suspect was lying in wait in a dark hallway. This person was found behind a wall, as if he were lying in wait for someone. 2. to delay doing something until the best time for it. The smart thing …   New idioms dictionary

  • lie in wait — watch from hiding in order to attack or surprise someone The police decided to lie in wait for the bank robbers to appear at the bank …   Idioms and examples

  • lie in wait — Synonyms and related words: abide, ambuscade, ambush, await, bide, couch, creep, gumshoe, lay for, lay wait, lay wait for, lie in ambush, lurk, mark time, nightwalk, prowl, pussyfoot, shadow, sit up for, skulk, slink, sneak, stalk, stay up for,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • lie in wait — {v. phr.} To watch from hiding in order to attack or surprise someone; to ambush. * /The driver of the stage coach knew that the thieves were lying in wait somewhere along the road./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • lie\ in\ wait — v. phr. To watch from hiding in order to attack or surprise someone; to ambush. The driver of the stage coach knew that the thieves were lying in wait somewhere along the road …   Словарь американских идиом

  • lie in wait — waylay, ambush, hide out and wait …   English contemporary dictionary

  • lie in wait — idi to wait in ambush …   From formal English to slang

  • lie in wait — See lying in wait …   Black's law dictionary

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