fox·​hole ˈfäks-ˌhōl How to pronounce foxhole (audio)
: a pit dug usually hastily for individual cover from enemy fire

Examples of foxhole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Following the decision, the Alabama House speaker took to Twitter to share a little home cooking from Yellowhammer News and retreated to a familiar foxhole — blaming activist judges. Kyle Whitmire |, al, 7 Sep. 2023 With lidar, however, the researchers uncovered nearly 1,000 previously unknown features of the landscape, such as foxholes and bomb craters. Christopher Parker, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Aug. 2023 Their eyes were drawn to a foxhole dug by Israeli soldiers who’d been laying ambushes to intercept infiltrators crossing the hostile border with Syria, which lay half a mile away. Matti Friedman, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 June 2023 Add a mug of hot coffee to take the chill off from sitting in a cold foxhole all night. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 17 July 2023 Another GoPro video of close combat published on social media shows a Russian soldier creep behind two Ukrainian infantryman in a foxhole facing away from him. Sebastien Roblin, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2023 There’s no evidence this explosive foxhole digger was ever issued to the U.S. Army or Marines. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 5 Oct. 2022 Armed with a bazooka, Atkinson ran from foxhole to foxhole in the snow while taking out five German tanks. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Mar. 2021 The foxhole wasn’t deep—barely big enough to provide cover for a crouching soldier. Matti Friedman, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1915, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of foxhole was in 1915

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“Foxhole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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fox·​hole -ˌhōl How to pronounce foxhole (audio)
: a pit dug usually in a hurry for individual cover against enemy fire

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