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  • (Australian) a person who lives in the bush, especially as a fugitive; a person who clears woods and bush country
  • (US) a Confederate guerilla during the American Civil War
  • someone who attacks without warning
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia

Bush"whack`er (&?;), n. 1. One accustomed to beat about, or travel through, bushes. [U.S.]

They were gallant bushwhackers, and hunters of raccoons by moonlight.
W. Irving.

2. A guerrilla; a marauding assassin; one who pretends to be a peaceful citizen, but secretly harasses a hostile force or its sympathizers. [U.S.] Farrow.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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