lay wait for

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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It's not clear whether Mai then lay wait for his wife knew the extent of their problems, but she certainly didn't have a clue about how Robert planned to 'fix' it all.
During a normal year in December, water levels in the freshwater canals and lakes in South Florida and in the Everglades are on the fall, water temperatures are hovering around 60 to 70 degrees and largemouth bass are concentrating around cuts, bridge pilings and culverts in the local canals and lakes as they lay wait for easy prey.