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cahoot

[kuh-hoot] /kəˈhut/
Idioms, Informal.
1.
go cahoots, to share equally; become partners:
They went cahoots in the establishment of the store.
Also, go in cahoot with, go in cahoots.
2.
in cahoot / cahoots,
  1. in partnership; in league.
  2. in conspiracy:
    in cahoots with the enemy.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30, Americanism; perhaps < French cahute cabin, hut, equivalent to ca(bane) cabin + hutte hut
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Examples for cahoots
  • So it would be a bit odd if he was in cahoots with the government to squash the new paper.
  • Alex was said to be in cahoots with a lot of middle infielders.
  • In fact, in my mind the drawer and the garbage can are sort of working in cahoots with one another.
  • Please do your part to keep the people and the elected government in cahoots.
  • So that's why it is said that the insurance companies and the lawyers are in cahoots.
British Dictionary definitions for cahoots

cahoots

/kəˈhuːts/
plural noun (sometimes sing) (informal)
1.
(US) partnership; league (esp in the phrases go in cahoots with, go cahoot)
2.
in cahoots, in collusion
Word Origin
C19: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for cahoots
cahoots
1829, Amer.Eng., said to be perhaps from Fr. cahute "cabin, hut" (12c.), but U.S. sources credit it to Fr. cohorte (see cohort), a word said to be in use in the South and West with a sense of "companions, confederates."
cahoot
see cahoots.
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Slang definitions & phrases for cahoots

cahoots

Related Terms

in cahoots


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with cahoots
see under in league with
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