fox·​hole | \ˈfäks-ˌhōl \

Definition of foxhole 

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

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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 During a final, bloody Japanese charge, Ralph was hit by a shell and blown 20 feel out of his foxhole. Jessica Stahl, Washington Post, "‘Letters From War’: 1944-1945 – The end (full transcript)," 3 Jan. 2018 James said of Green after spending, at 33, not a competitive second in the foxhole in Game 7. New York Times, "Look Who Answered LeBron’s Call: Jeff Green, the Former Celtic," 28 May 2018 Moments after Hartwig left their foxhole to eat, Ziolecki heard artillery rounds landing behind him, demolishing the chow tent. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Korean War vets mix curiosity, wariness in run-up to Trump summit with Kim Jong Un," 11 June 2018 An artillery shell landed in his foxhole and he was killed instantly. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Memorial Day Parade Honors Fallen Military," 4 June 2018 Soldiers, the only Israelis Mr. Gerim has ever seen this close, can be spotted through the smoke of burning tires, moving about in their foxholes atop tall sand berms, occasionally launching tear-gas barrages, sometimes using live fire. New York Times, "For Gaza Protester, Living or Dying Is the ‘Same Thing’," 29 Apr. 2018 The nurse and the foxhole saved her life when a German pilot, pursued by British fighter planes, unleashed five antipersonnel bombs. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis nurse was an 'Angel of Anzio'," 27 Feb. 2018 Like someone once said, there are no atheists in foxholes. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'I Can Only Imagine': Film Review," 16 Mar. 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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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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to enclose within walls

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