cahoot

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noun ca·hoot \kə-ˈhüt\

Definition of cahoot

  1. :  partnership, league —usually used in plural they're in cahoots He was robbed by a man who was in cahoots with the bartender.

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Cahoot is used almost exclusively in the phrase "in cahoots," which means "in an alliance or partnership." In most contexts, it describes the conspiring activity of people up to no good. (There's also the rare idiom go cahoots, meaning "to enter into a partnership," as in "they went cahoots on a new restaurant.") "Cahoot" may derive from French cahute, meaning "cabin" or "hut," suggesting the notion of two or more people hidden away working together in secret. "Cahute" is believed to have been formed through the combination of two other words for cabins and huts, "cabane" and "hutte."

Origin and Etymology of cahoot

perhaps from French cahute cabin, hut


First Known Use: 1827



CAHOOT Defined for Kids

cahoot

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noun ca·hoot \kə-ˈhüt\

Definition of cahoot for Students

  1. :  a secret partnership —usually used in pl. They were in cahoots with the thieves.

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