- to beat or cut one's way through bushes
- to move a boat along a stream by pulling at the bushes on the bank
- to engage in guerrilla fighting, attacking from ambush
Origin of bushwhackprobably from bush + whack
verbbush·whacked, bush·whack·ing, bush·whacks
- To force one's way through a forested or overgrown area where no path exists: “Often on the verge of starvation, they bushwhacked through muskeg, forded ice-cold streams and rivers … determined to conquer a daunting land deemed impassable” ( Brenda Koller )
- To travel through or live in the woods.
- To fight as a guerrilla in the woods.
To attack suddenly from a place of concealment. See Synonyms at ambush.
(third-person singular simple present bushwhacks, present participle bushwhacking, simple past and past participle bushwhacked)