lying in wait
- The act of hiding in a hidden spot with the intent of attacking and causing harm or death to an unsuspecting individual
- The police officer found the suspect lying in wait in the alleyway, ready to ambush his victim.
- After several hours of lying in wait, the criminal attacked his target as soon as they approached the parked car.
- The investigator surmised that the perpetrator had been lying in wait behind the bushes in the victim's yard.