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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [boo sh-hwak, -wak]
    • /ˈbʊʃˌʰwæk, -ˌwæk/
    • /ˈbʊ.ʃwæk/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [boo sh-hwak, -wak]
    • /ˈbʊʃˌʰwæk, -ˌwæk/

Definitions of bushwhack word

  • verb bushwhack to ambush 3
  • verb bushwhack to cut or beat one's way through thick woods 3
  • verb bushwhack to range or move around in woods or the bush 3
  • verb bushwhack to fight as a guerrilla in wild or uncivilized regions 3
  • verb bushwhack to work in the bush, esp at timber felling 3
  • intransitive verb bushwhack to beat or cut one's way through bushes 3

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Origin of bushwhack

First appearance:

before 1830
One of the 36% newest English words
1830-40, Americanism; back formation from bushwhacker

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Parts of speech for Bushwhack


bushwhack popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 53% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 57% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

bushwhack usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for bushwhack

verb bushwhack

  • surprise — to strike or occur to with a sudden feeling of wonder or astonishment, as through unexpectedness: Her beauty surprised me.
  • assault — An assault by an army is a strong attack made on an area held by the enemy.
  • attack — To attack a person or place means to try to hurt or damage them using physical violence.
  • waylay — to intercept or attack from ambush, as in order to rob, seize, or slay.

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