cahoot

[kuh-hoot]
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,
a.
in partnership; in league.
b.
in conspiracy: in cahoots with the enemy.

Origin:
1820–30, Americanism; perhaps < French cahute cabin, hut, equivalent to ca(bane) cabin + hutte hut

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cahoots (kəˈhuːts)
 
pl n
1.  (US) partnership; league (esp in the phrases go in cahoots with, go cahoot)
2.  in cahoots in collusion
 
[C19: of uncertain origin]

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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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Idioms & Phrases

cahoots

see under in league with.

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Example sentences
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.
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