waylay

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way +‎ lay likely from Middle Dutch wegelagen (besetting of ways, lying in wait with evil or hostile intent along public ways).

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waylay (third-person singular simple present waylays, present participle waylaying, simple past and past participle waylaid or (nonstandard) waylayed)

  1. (transitive) To lie in wait for and attack from ambush.
  2. (transitive) To accost or intercept unexpectedly.

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