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An Indian-American restaurant will open Friday in the former Cahoots space at 1047 Bardstown Road.
The arrest is another blow for the small West Miami-Dade city beset by the arrests of public officials in recent years, many of them stemming from a twisted relationship with a tow company that worked in cahoots with cops to shake down motorists.
But the question was, were the company higher-ups in cahoots with it or not.
Who knew Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny were in cahoots?
The conspiracy theorist take on the situation would be that Adobe, which is in cahoots with lots of other big software companies through various trade organizations, is intentionally withholding Flash features to give its allies a break.
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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: 1827See Words from the same year
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: a secret partnership —usually used in pl. They were in cahoots with the thieves.
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