lie in wait for (someone or something)

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lie in wait for (someone or something)

To await someone or something from a concealed position, especially to surprise, trap, or attack them. When I'm walking alone at night, I'm always worried that attackers are just lying in wait for me. Agents for the anti-money sector have lain in wait for months for the corporation to fall for their new sting operation.
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little/no purpose
With few or no results.
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