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From way + lay, likely a calque of Middle Dutch wegelagen (“besetting of ways, lying in wait with evil or hostile intent along public ways”). Compare Middle Low German wegelagen, German wegelagern (“to waylay; rob”).
- (transitive) To lie in wait for and attack from ambush.
- (transitive) To accost or intercept unexpectedly.
to lie in wait for and attack from ambush
to accost or intercept unexpectedly