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[duhg-out] /ˈdʌgˌaʊt/
a boat made by hollowing out a log.
Baseball. a roofed structure enclosed on three sides and with the fourth side open and facing the playing field, usually with the floor below ground level, where the players sit when not on the field.
a rough shelter or dwelling formed by an excavation in the ground, in the face of a bank, in the side of a hill, etc., especially one used by soldiers.
Origin of dugout
1715-25, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase dug out Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dugout
  • dugout canoes are used to transport fresh goods to the market.
  • Six dugout canoes and the two larger pirogues were loaded with supplies and equipment.
  • About five thousand people came down to the waterfront to greet me, including a load of people in traditional dugout canoes.
  • Boats traveling the river range from dugout canoes to large freighters.
  • The villagers fish in dugout canoes and grow crops on the steep shoulders of the caldera.
  • Today's question deals with the disgusting stuff that winds up on the dugout floor every night.
  • And you turn and walk back to the dugout, feeling some sense of completion.
  • Fishermen in dugout canoes hoist rag sails to get home in time for supper.
  • The electricians' dugout is as large as the ordinary orchestra pit.
  • He rode in a golf cart through an underground tunnel from the dugout to a little section near the right-center-field bleachers.
British Dictionary definitions for dugout


a canoe made by hollowing out a log
(military) a covered excavation dug to provide shelter
(slang) a retired officer, former civil servant, etc, recalled to employment
(at a sports ground) the covered bench where managers, trainers, etc sit and players wait when not on the field
(in the Canadian prairies) a reservoir dug on a farm in which water from rain and snow is collected for use in irrigation, watering livestock, etc
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Word Origin and History for dugout

also dug-out, "canoe," 1722, American English, from dug, past participle of dig (v.) + out (adv.). Baseball sense is first recorded 1914, from c.1855 meaning of "rough shelter."

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