lie in wait

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.


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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 (for somebody) — lie in ˈwait (for sb) idiom to hide, waiting to surprise, attack or catch sb • He was surrounded by reporters who had been lying in wait for him. Main entry: ↑lieidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • lie in wait for — index ambush Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • 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./ …   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

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