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I worried that the gang might be waiting outside to waylay me.
  to stop someone (without their forewarning) to attack them or to talk
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  • I worried that the gang might be waiting outside to waylay me.
  • She waited near the exit to waylay him and learn more about the event.
  • Told her that Cook sent us to get crowleaf from the storage room by the barracks and that Marcus waylaid us on the way back.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • And then Mia’s stomach gurgles again, reminding us that we’ve been waylaid in this garden.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went

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  • Late that evening when I was about to return to my observation tent, Ootek waylaid me outside the cabin.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • I got waylaid.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • Josef waylays me outside the museum and announces I have driven him to despair: because of the way I’ve treated him, he is leaving Toronto forever.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • After dinner broke up, Jason and Piper tried to waylay Leo.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • I smiled, sweated, tried to make my way to the bar only to get waylaid and cut off and sometimes physically dragged back by the arm like Tantalus, dying of thirst while in very sight of relief—"And here he is, man of the hour!"
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • I must go up the road and waylay him.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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  • They might as well waylay Mr. Fogg and put his money in their pockets!
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • I feel if I don’t get outside immediately, I’ll just go ballistic, but I’m still in Special Defense when I’m waylaid by Haymitch.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • She remembered all too well how time had dragged without him, how she had shuffled about feeling waylaid, out of balance.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Twice she has been waylaid.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • BY NOW, DAVE Anderson had learned that the Fugees’ coach had been waylaid en route to the game, and he was curious to see how the competition would fare without help from the sideline.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • He waylaid other boys as they came, and went on buying tickets of various colors ten or fifteen minutes longer.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • These licks are great places of resort with the hunters, who waylay their game near the paths that lead to them.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • For Isildur was marching north along the east banks of the River, and near the Gladden Fields he was waylaid by the Orcs of the Mountains, and almost all his folk were slain.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Three charming girls from the Bureau of Propaganda by Synthetic Voice waylaid him as he stepped out of the lift.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • As Roran hurried from one chore to another, Katrina waylaid him in an alley.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Just outside the double doors of the courtroom, he was waylaid by the Houghtons.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • After giving me the plan of this house, doubtless hoping I should kill the count and he thus become his heir, or that the count would kill me and I should be out of his way, he waylaid me, and has murdered me.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • It was stolen a while ago-at least that’s what I presume, for I haven’t received word from our friends, and I suspect their messengers were waylaid-so I decided to find out what I could.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • It was they who told me that three of them had come down from the mountains and settled in the woods not far from the road; they had frightened everyone away from the district, and they waylaid strangers.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • Insisting that he needed to sleep, and almost flattening the little Creevey brothers as they attempted to waylay him at the foot of the stairs, Harry managed to shake everyone off and climb up to the dormitory as fast as he could.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • What he felt was the chilly recklessness that had come to waylay his heart.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • What of his bushwhacking and waylaying tactics, the young dogs were afraid to run by themselves.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • I turned my head, looking for Emily, but she’d been waylaid by a loud girl named Helena we knew from the Models who, from the looks of it, was yelling in her ear.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • Accordingly, the wags claimed that this slippery rascal had waylaid some passing telegram and was making the most of it.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • In the attack, however, we found the Harkonnens had waylaid the Fremen courier—badly wounded him.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • I failed to find Lord Hilton at his house, but I was told he was expected from London by the six o’clock train from Waterloo; and as it was then about a quarter past five, I went home, had some tea, and walked up to the station to waylay him.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • He waylays the smaller boys to punch their unprotected heads, and calls challenges after me in the open streets.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Could I waylay some knight even if I am mounted on an ambling pad, and take his weapons by force?
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • For already he knows that the messengers that he sent to waylay the Company have failed again.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • ’I will waylay thee going home; where if it be thy chance to kill me,’— FABIAN.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • Outside la Maison Claire Blazes Boylan waylaid Jack Mooney’s brother-in-law, humpy, tight, making for the liberties.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • But he’s waylaid.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • The next night he was waylaid just outside Paris by the valets of Marquis de St. Cyr, and ignominiously thrashed—thrashed like a dog within an inch of his life—because he had dared to raise his eyes to the daughter of the aristocrat.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • That young husband was waylaid and impressed, and sent to sea.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • However, he’d seen some of the more prominent Vigil members waylaying kids in the corridors, checking on their sales, whispering menacingly to those who had sold only a few boxes.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • The men of Hushe waylaid Aslam as he walked, whispering bribes of butter and bags of flour if he’d exempt their sons from school.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • She had waited to waylay me, I decided.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • She asked him to pardon her for waylaying him at such an unseemly time.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Instead I glanced around behind me for Chloe, but saw she had been waylaid by a guy in a plaid shirt I didn’t recognize.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • He has been twice waylaid, as if by footpads, and his person rigorously searched under my own inspection.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Purloined Letter
  • My beloved reader has no doubt in the course of his experience been waylaid by many such a luckless companion.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Eragon did his best to avoid brooding upon Murtagh or their shared parents, but such thoughts often waylaid him when he least expected it.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • "But aren’t they always waylaying you to go out with them, dear?" said the little lady inquisitively.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • Ashore in a criminal case will an upright judge allow himself off the bench to be waylaid by some tender kinswoman of the accused seeking to touch him with her tearful plea?
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • A Hutu militia group called FNL, a branch of PALIPEHUTU, had waylaid it.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
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