cahoot

noun
ca·​hoot | \ kə-ˈhüt How to pronounce cahoot (audio) \

Definition of cahoot

: partnership, league usually used in plural they're in cahootsHe 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."

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Gruden might have been the driving force, but the two were in cahoots at the start of this strange journey. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Kurtenbach: There’s only one solution to the Raiders’ Antonio Brown problem," 5 Sep. 2019 More recently, Chris Cox, its top lobbyist and widely viewed as a successor to LaPierre, resigned after LaPierre accused him of being in cahoots with North in a failed attempt to oust him as CEO. Washington Post, "Scandal-ridden NRA head LaPierre digs in against gun control," 9 Aug. 2019 More recently, Chris Cox, its top lobbyist and widely viewed as a successor to LaPierre, resigned after LaPierre accused him of being in cahoots with North in a failed attempt to oust him as CEO. CBS News, "Scandal-ridden NRA head Wayne LaPierre digs in against gun control," 9 Aug. 2019 In cahoots with television interests, the Pac-12 conference has made a habit of frustrating football fans with night-game scheduling. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Sign of Kawhi Leonard’s influence: NBA stars skipping World Cup en masse," 26 July 2019 Muggers, sometimes in cahoots with cab drivers, would appear suddenly to demand the belongings of clients trapped in back seats with no way out. Washington Post, "As Beetle ends, iconic original thrives in Mexico City hills," 11 July 2019 Muggers, sometimes in cahoots with cab drivers, would appear suddenly to demand the belongings of clients trapped in back seats with no way out. Michael Krumholtz, Twin Cities, "As Beetle ends, iconic original thrives in Mexico City hills," 10 July 2019 Here and there across the Arab world, private VIP services, often in cahoots with official security chiefs, sell fast-track passage to bypass the rigmarole faced by hoi polloi. The Economist, "How airports explain the Arab world," 29 June 2019 The hapless race car driver who pretended not to speak English has been in cahoots with the actress the entire time to get revenge for his father's racing accident that took his legs, which happened because of Malcolm cutting safety corners. Andrea Reiher, refinery29.com, "How Netflix's Murder Mystery Ends, In Case You're Curious But Not That Curious," 15 June 2019

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First Known Use of cahoot

1827, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cahoot

perhaps from French cahute cabin, hut

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cahoot

noun
ca·​hoot | \ kə-ˈhüt How to pronounce cahoot (audio) \

Kids Definition of cahoot

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

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