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

Definition of foxhole

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

Examples of foxhole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 1944, Army medic Peter Fantasia was captured while tending to a wounded sergeant and lieutenant in a foxhole in Rodalbe, France. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Bushfire heroes, a double twin story and an entertaining cuttlefish," 11 Jan. 2020 Some of the spaces are as tiny as a closet, walls made of mud or rock, basically menstruation foxholes., "KATHMANDU, Nepal — Every winter, in Nepal’s snow-covered hills, young women keep dying because of a deadly superstition.," 28 Dec. 2019 The lumbering scarlet Workhorse often feels like a refuge, a foxhole of female privacy., "She feeds Bel-Air’s mega-mansion boom. But lunch is a battlefield," 13 Nov. 2019 Monsoon rains turned Okinawa into a morass of ankle-deep mud, and foxholes and trenches were filled with water. oregonlive, "Veterans Day 2019: Remembering Oregon’s 96th Infantry Division," 10 Nov. 2019 Private Currey and other infantrymen were in foxholes, backing up American antitank troops. Richard Goldstein, New York Times, "Francis Currey, Who at 19 Was a Hero in Battle, Dies at 94," 9 Oct. 2019 There are plentiful reasons right now to come to NR’s aid, to join it in the foxhole and the cockpit, to stand with it on the ramparts and at the deck guns. Jack Fowler, National Review, "Time to Mann Up," 8 Oct. 2019 There is no bigger experience than being in the foxhole, in the huddles, and out on the floor—being a part of the game plan and being game-planned against. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "Jalen Rose Has a Problem with Basketball Analytics," 6 June 2019 Some of the spaces are as tiny as a closet, walls made of mud or rock, basically menstruation foxholes. New York Times, "Where a Taboo Is Leading to the Deaths of Young Girls," 19 June 2018

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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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17 Jan 2020

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“Foxhole.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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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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