waylaying

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

waylay +‎ -ing

Verb[edit]

waylaying

  1. Present participle of waylay.

Noun[edit]

waylaying (plural waylayings)

  1. The act by which somebody is waylaid; an ambush.
    • Edgar Allan Poe, The Purloined Letter
      Such a man, I considered, could not fail to be aware of the ordinary policial modes of action. He could not have failed to anticipate—and events have proved that he did not fail to anticipate—the waylayings to which he was subjected.