lay wait for

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lay wait for

To hide in preparation for making an ambush or attack. I'm laying wait for my little brother, so I can jump out and scare him when he gets home! Officer, I think the robber just laid wait for us outside the club.
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References in classic literature ?
But Sultan had told his master what the wolf meant to do; so he laid wait for him behind the barn door, and when the wolf was busy looking out for a good fat sheep, he had a stout cudgel laid about his back, that combed his locks for him finely.
I went round by the garden, and laid wait for the messenger; who fought valorously to defend his trust, and we spilt the milk between us; but I succeeded in abstracting the epistle; and, threatening serious consequences if he did not look sharp home, I remained under the wall and perused Miss Cathy's affectionate composition.