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Definition to stop someone (without their forewarning) to attack them or to talk
  • 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.
  • Then, with such patience as I could command, I collected a quantity of fruit, and waylaid and killed two rabbits with my last three cartridges.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • The dancing had been going on for over half an hour and every time he tried to get near her either she got waylaid or he did.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • What he felt was the chilly recklessness that had come to waylay his heart.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • 'What is the truth of it all?' demanded Miss Ellie Henderson waylaying Poirot.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • Took advantage of fog to waylay me.
    Eugene O'Neill  --  Long Day's Journey into Night
  • None of them could hope to waylay him.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • That young husband was waylaid and impressed, and sent to sea.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
  • She had waited to waylay me, I decided.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King's Men
  • 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
  • I must go up the road and waylay him.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • I know a place where we could waylay her, four of us with sharp swords ....
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • 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
  • A Hutu militia group called FNL, a branch of PALIPEHUTU, had waylaid it.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • She asked him to pardon her for waylaying him at such an unseemly time.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • After dinner broke up, Jason and Piper tried to waylay Leo.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • 'I will waylay thee going home; where if it be thy chance to kill me,'— FABIAN.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • "I've sailed these waters for centuries, waylaying any demigods foolish enough to explore the Mare Nostrum.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
  • I believe Riggs had a plan with those other men to waylay Nell and make off with her.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest

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