Meaning of bushwhack

bush•whack

Pronunciation: (boosh'hwak", -wak"), [key]
— v.i.
  1. to make one's way through woods by cutting at undergrowth, branches, etc.
  2. to travel through woods.
  3. to pull a boat upstream from on board by grasping bushes, rocks, etc., on the shore.
  4. to fight as a bushwhacker or guerrilla in the bush.
—v.t.
  1. to fight as a bushwhacker; ambush.
  2. to defeat, esp. by surprise or in an underhanded way: They bushwhacked our high school team when they used college players.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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