Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe, circa 1957


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‘Waylaid’, the Past Tense of ‘Waylay’

tr.v. way·laid (-lād′), way·lay·ing, way·lays

1. To lie in wait for and attack from ambush. See Synonyms at ambush.
2. To approach and speak to (a person on the way to a destination or in the middle of an activity): “After the meal he followed me into the living room and waylaid me before I could reassemble my guests” (Louis Auchincloss).
3. To interrupt the course or progress of: travelers waylaid by a storm; an athlete waylaid by an injury. (Source: Free Dictionary)