lying in wait

Ambushing or concealing oneself for the purpose of taking a victim unawares. 26 Am J1st Homi § 16. Concealing oneself in a position to wait and watch for a victim with the intention of inflicting bodily injury upon such person or of killing him. People v Thomas, 41 Cal 2d 470, 261 P2d 1.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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  • lying in wait — ly·ing in wait adj: holding oneself in a concealed position to watch and wait for a victim for the purpose of making an unexpected attack and murdering or inflicting bodily injury on the victim Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster …   Law dictionary

  • lying in wait — Lying in ambush; lying hidden or concealed for the purpose of making a sudden and unexpected attack upon a person when he shall arrive at the scene. For purposes of aggravating circumstance, elements necessary to constitute lying in wait are… …   Black's law dictionary

  • lying in wait — I noun the act of concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surprise • Syn: ↑ambush, ↑ambuscade, ↑trap • Derivationally related forms: ↑ambuscade (for: ↑ambuscade), ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • lying in wait — waiting in an ambushing, hiding and waiting for …   English contemporary dictionary

  • lying in ambush — lying in wait, hiding out and waiting in order to launch a surprise attack …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Lying — Lie Lie, v. i. [imp. {Lay} (l[=a]); p. p. {Lain} (l[=a]n), ({Lien} (l[imac] [e^]n), Obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. {Lying}.] [OE. lien, liggen, AS. licgan; akin to D. liggen, OHG. ligen, licken, G. liegen, Icel. liggja, Sw. ligga, Dan. ligge, Goth. ligan …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lie in wait — 1. to stay hidden, ready to attack. Police said the suspect was lying in wait in a dark hallway. This person was found behind a wall, as if he were lying in wait for someone. 2. to delay doing something until the best time for it. The smart thing …   New idioms dictionary

  • lie in wait — verb wait in hiding to attack (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑ambush, ↑scupper, ↑bushwhack, ↑waylay, ↑lurk, ↑ambuscade • Derivationally related forms: ↑ambuscade …   Useful english dictionary

  • lie in wait (for somebody) — lie in ˈwait (for sb) idiom to hide, waiting to surprise, attack or catch sb • He was surrounded by reporters who had been lying in wait for him. Main entry: ↑lieidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • lie in wait — {v. phr.} To watch from hiding in order to attack or surprise someone; to ambush. * /The driver of the stage coach knew that the thieves were lying in wait somewhere along the road./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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