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Today's Word "waylay"

To lie in wait for and attack on

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waylay \WAY-lay\ (transitive verb) - 1 : To lie in wait for and attack from ambush. 2 : To approach or stop (someone) unexpectedly.

"They waylay you. They waylay anybody who tries to come in here. I had to walk a... gauntlet just now to get in my own building." -- Tom Wolfe, 'The Bonfire of the Vanities'

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Waylay comes from way (from Old English weg) + lay (from Old English lecgan).

 

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