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lying in wait


  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj lying in wait waiting in concealment; in ambush "an army lying in wait in the forest"
    • n lying in wait the act of concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surprise
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  • Bible
    “The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood, but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them. [Proverbs 12:6]”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret.”


In literature:

Indeed Regin was a brother of the little blacksmith, and would be lying in wait for the Prince.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 2 (of 12)" by Various
It means lying out in a small boat and waiting for her.
"Pearl of Pearl Island" by John Oxenham
All this is piled up in the djins' carts, hired at sunset, which are waiting at the door, while their runners lie asleep on the grass.
"Madame Chrysantheme" by Pierre Loti
They had been lying in wait for us there, for several hours.
"Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb, an American Slave, Written by Himself" by Henry Bibb
And he waited there in expectation of Kichaka, like a lion lying in wait for a deer.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
Robin, in his blind vengeance, took to lying in wait with a gun: and Roy became cognisant of this.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
Theres not a blessed thing to do but wait for mess an lissen to the fello lie in the next bed.
""Same old Bill, eh Mable!"" by Edward Streeter
But on a train is a good place to lie in wait for them.
"Plum Pudding" by Christopher Morley
Was the negro now lying in wait?
"The Piazza Tales" by Herman Melville
It was not pleasant to move in streets where such human rattlesnakes and cobras were coiling and lying in wait.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 75, January, 1864" by Various
Therefore Tchin-King replaced it in his bosom, and folding his arms, looked Hi-lie calmly in the face, and waited.
"Some Chinese Ghosts" by Lafcadio Hearn
He knew not what reefs there might be lying in wait for his untaught keel.
"In Clive's Command" by Herbert Strang
She had found it lying upon the table beside her as she waited, and picking it up, had become engrossed in it.
"The Girl's Own Paper, Vol. VIII, No. 354, October 9, 1886" by Various
Then she was a fierce lion lying in wait for the approaching damsel.
"Prudence of the Parsonage" by Ethel Hueston
There is something positively uncanny in the way misfortune lies in wait for that girl.
"Our Elizabeth" by Florence A. Kilpatrick
The danger lies with those dead folk waiting in Grant Place.
"The President" by Alfred Henry Lewis
A Mount's Bay lugger had spied them, and lying in wait, had sheered up close alongside, her crew bawling for news.
"News from the Duchy" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
He feels sure Nita's murderer has trailed him and is lying in wait for him.
"Murder at Bridge" by Anne Austin
I have always the feeling that they are lying in wait.
"Tenting To-night" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
On one occasion three wolves were seen to chase a herd of gazelle across a ravine in which two others were lying in wait.
"Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon" by Robert A. Sterndale

In poetry:

So into the strait
Where his foes lie in wait,
Gallant King Olaf
Sails to his fate!
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf XVIII. -- King Olaf And " by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Suppose you should forget,
After our hope and tears,
To wait for me in that shining place
That lies beyond the years!
"One Moment of Doubt" by Charles Hanson Towne
Be strong:
Sing to your heart a battle song:
Though hidden foemen lie in wait,
Something is in you that can smile at Fate.
"Rules For The Road" by Edwin Markham
And puff and waft the powdery snow,
As feet unseen did pass;
While, waiting in its bed below,
Green lies the summer grass.
"Songs of the Winter Days" by George MacDonald
More profit surely lies in a holy, pure quiescence,
In a setting forth of cups to catch the heavenly rain,
In a yielding of the being to the ever waiting presence,
In a lifting of the eyes upward, homeward again!
"After The Fashion of An Old Emblem" by George MacDonald
IN the hedgerow, in the hollow, between the brown hills,
When all with dark and shadows the silent valley fills,
'Tis there that I go trembling when the fields lie white with dew,
And see the lonely horseman that waits there all night through.
"The Horseman In The Night" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

The Democrats were lying in wait for John Boehner when the Republican leader of the House announced that he would address the subject of congressional reform in a speech Thursday at the American Enterprise Institute.
A man lies in a surgical theater waiting to undergo a circumcision procedure at a donor-funded clinic in Kenya's lake-side town of Kisumu.
Bag ban has yet to inflate Marin cities lying in wait over when to trash plastic bags.
Fraudulent Typosquatters Lie in Wait for London Olympics Searchers.
An emergency vehicle waits at the scene where rubble from earthquake damage lies strewn along a sidewalk in an old section of Louisville, Friday.
In this Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012 photo, 20-year-old patient Ayu Pratiwi who has been blind since she was 10 lies on a bed as she waits for her cataract surgery at Putri Hijau military hospital in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia.
People please, let sleeping dogs lie, and then record it, upload it to YouTube and wait for somebody to put it in a video with others of its kind.
Burris faces a death penalty phase of trial if he's convicted of murder with special circumstances of lying in wait and killing multiple victims.
An elderly man with a white ponytail lies in wait on a city sidewalk with a small solar telescope specially designed so that a person can view sunspots without damaging the eye.
But a new troupe of geniuses shows us that fantastic abilities may lie dormant in all of us, waiting to be exposed.
Apparently lying in wait outside her home, two Chicago men followed a woman as she pulled her car into her garage and then hijacked the vehicle at gunpoint, Cook County prosecutors said Saturday.
Real Life Drama as Leopard Lies in Wait for herd of Impalas .
Running and become oblivious to their surroundings, creating an opportunity for an attacker lying in wait.
Property Investors Lie in Wait for China Slowdown.
But walk along the tree-lined path, and the evil 30-foot-long Albertosaurus lies in wait.

In science:

The main part of the proof of Theorem 3 lies in the careful choice of the parameters pk and yk of the waiting time T given by (5).
Level Crossing Probabilities II: Polygonal Recurrence of Multidimensional Random Walks
However, far away, in California, we know the ultimate prize to lie in wait: to be able to make theoretically sound predictions for what we now generically refer to as non-perturbative physics. “Young men attracted to California’s golden opportunities in 1849 faced two ma jor problems.
The LEP Trail to Non-Perturbative QCD