a small, snug place.

1835–45; cubby + hole Unabridged
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cubbyhole (ˈkʌbɪˌhəʊl, ˈkʌbɪ)
1.  a small enclosed space or room
2.  any small compartment, such as a pigeonhole
[C19: from dialect cub cattle pen; see cove1]

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Word Origin & History

1825, the first element possibly from a dim. of cub "stall, pen, cattle shed, coop, hutch" (1540s), a dial. word apparently with cognates in Low Ger. (cf. E.Fris. kubbing, Du. kub). Or related to cuddy "small room, cupboard" (1793), originally "small cabin in a boat" (1650s). Or perhaps simply a children's
made-up word.
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Example sentences
The team suspected that appellant was hiding in a cubbyhole upstairs.
He was arrested after officers talked him into coming down from a ceiling
  cubbyhole in which he was hiding.
The cubbyhole nature of large organizations created places where people holed
  up and worked individually.
For that, there's a cubbyhole that allows a designated engineer to go under and
  fix it.
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