This term can mean ambush
, as in "whacked while in the bush." Etymology
uncertain to this noder; I've come across references to it in the American Old West ('bushwhackers
') as well as extensive recent use in Vietnam
. In the latter, 'in the bush' was slang for 'in the jungle' as in 'not at base;' bushwhacking
therefore referred to ambush or attacks suffered while on patrol
Another (more literal?) use of the term describes the action of clearing a path. This may be the more direct source of the word, given the two root words that form it.