fox·​hole | \ ˈfäks-ˌhōl How to pronounce foxhole (audio) \

Definition of foxhole

: a pit dug usually hastily for individual cover from enemy fire

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Recent Examples on the Web Marcel Ravidat, at the time an 18-year-old mechanic’s apprentice, was out walking with Robot when the dog apparently slipped down a foxhole. Courtney Sexton, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Most Famous Dogs of Science," 18 Nov. 2020 Among those who fought in Badme was a young Ethiopian radio operator who briefly left his foxhole to position his antenna. The Economist, "Back to blood Ethiopia’s prime minister may be starting a civil war," 7 Nov. 2020 In the foxhole: A key supplier to Apple Inc. and a dozen other tech giants plans to split its supply chain between the Chinese market and the U.S., declaring that China’s time as factory to the world is finished because of the trade war. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "The Capital Note: SPACking & Fracking," 13 Aug. 2020 The character also nods to the wartime idea of hunkering in a foxhole, as more people stay home and brace themselves for change. Anna Perling, New York Times, "Quinn the Quarantine Fox Wants You to Be Safe at Home," 7 Apr. 2020 As some progressives have recognized, if there are no atheists in a foxhole, there’s also no laissez-faire in a pandemic. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "An Airline Bailout Should Have More Strings Attached Than a Harp," 11 Apr. 2020 Like many cybersecurity bunkers, IBM’s foxhole has deliberately theatrical touches. Stacy Cowley, New York Times, "Banks Adopt Military-Style Tactics to Fight Cybercrime," 20 May 2018 There are no atheists in foxholes, so the saying goes. Bonnie Kristian, TheWeek, "What libertarians would do in response to coronavirus," 13 Mar. 2020 Fantasia was captured in Rodalbe, France, in 1944 while tending to a wounded sergeant and lieutenant in a foxhole and was held as a prisoner of war until he was liberated by Russian forces on April 28, 1945. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, "A 103-year-old World War II veteran finally gets his combat medals, 75 years later," 7 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of foxhole

1915, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of foxhole was in 1915

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“Foxhole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of foxhole

: a hole dug for a soldier to sit or lie in for protection from the enemy

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