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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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,, "How Netflix's Murder Mystery Ends, In Case You're Curious But Not That Curious," 15 June 2019 Understand: Nobody’s equipment in your telecom network can be trusted as long as governments like China’s, Russia’s, Iran’s or North Korea’s, in cahoots or in competition with criminal gangs, are trying to break into them. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "How the U.S. Went Wrong on Huawei," 24 May 2019 The idea that the Night King and Bran are in cahoots isn't too far-fetched. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "This Game of Thrones Theory Suggests Bran Is Actually Evil," 29 Apr. 2019 Opiate addiction has ruined tens of thousands of lives, and no surprise politicians in cahoots with their trial-lawyer friends are trying to cash in on the scourge. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Government Opioid Raid," 28 Jan. 2019 And the time that Jake puts in around here, those guys are always in cahoots with the plan. Adam Jude, The Seattle Times, "UW’s Chris Petersen to coach his first game in the Rose Bowl stadium Saturday vs. UCLA," 1 Oct. 2018 And so was her husband: the late UAW Vice President General Holifield, who prosecutors said was in cahoots with a Fiat Chrysler executive who siphoned $4.5 million from a training fund and steered it to himself, Holiefield, his widow and others. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Feds: Widow of UAW boss is 'trying to buy her way out of prison'," 7 July 2018 Some 300 people have been killed since April in a country of 6.2m according to human-rights groups, almost all of them unarmed protesters at the hands of paramilitary thugs acting in cahoots with Mr Ortega’s police. The Economist, "Daniel Ortega is causing a bloodbath in Nicaragua," 12 July 2018 NBC News Capitol Hill reporter Leigh Ann Caldwell on Tuesday deleted a tweet that had triggered backlash, claiming President Trump and retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy were in cahoots to get Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the seat. Brian Flood, Fox News, "NBC News reporter deletes tweet claiming Trump, Kennedy were in cahoots over Kavanaugh selection," 10 July 2018

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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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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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