hole up
verb Date: 1875 intransitive verb to hide out in or as if in a hole or cave transitive verb to place in or as if in a refuge or hiding place

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  • hole\ up — • hole up • hole in v slang To take refuge or shelter; put up; lodge. After a day s motoring, Harry found a room for rent and holed up for the night. The thief holed up at an abandoned farm. Let s hole in, said Father as we came to a motel that… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • hole up — (somewhere) to stay in a hidden place. While writing his book, he holed up for a year in a cabin in the woods …   New idioms dictionary

  • hole up — verb 1. remain secluded or in hiding He is writing his book and is holing up in his study • Hypernyms: ↑hide, ↑hide out • Verb Frames: Something s 2. score a hole in one • Topics: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • hole up — v. (colloq.) (D; intr., tr.) to hole up in (they were holed up in an old farmhouse) * * * [ həʊl ʌp] (colloq.) (D; intr., tr.) to hole up in (they were hole upd up in an old farmhouse) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • hole up — phrasal verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms hole up : he/she/it holes up present participle holing up past tense holed up past participle holed up if you hole up or are holed up somewhere, you stay there, especially because you are hiding… …   English dictionary

  • hole up — in. to hide (somewhere). □ Lefty wanted to hole up somewhere till things cooled down. □ I just want to hole up until the whole matter is settled …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • hole up — PHRASAL VERB If you hole up somewhere, you hide or shut yourself there, usually so that people cannot find you or disturb you. [INFORMAL] [V P] His creative process involves holing up in his Paris flat with the phone off the hook …   English dictionary

  • hole up — 1) the bears hole up in winter Syn: hibernate, lie dormant 2) informal the snipers holed up in a farmhouse Syn: hide (out), conceal oneself, secrete oneself, shelter, take cover, lie low …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • hole up — v Hide. I had to hole up for three days because the police were looking for me. 1870s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

  • hole up — also[hole in] {v.}, {slang} To take refuge or shelter; put up; lodge. * /After a day s motoring, Harry found a room for rent and holed up for the night./ * /The thief holed up at an abandoned farm./ * / Let s hole in, said Father as we came to a… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • hole up — also[hole in] {v.}, {slang} To take refuge or shelter; put up; lodge. * /After a day s motoring, Harry found a room for rent and holed up for the night./ * /The thief holed up at an abandoned farm./ * / Let s hole in, said Father as we came to a… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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