hide·​out | \ ˈhīd-ˌau̇t How to pronounce hideout (audio) \
plural hideouts

Definition of hideout

: a place of refuge, retreat, or concealment a criminal's secret hideout

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Examples of hideout in a Sentence

police found the stolen jewels under the floorboards in the thief's hideout, a cabin deep in the woods
Recent Examples on the Web The origins of the trial date to July 1963, when the South African security forces raided Liliesleaf Farm, a hideout in the Rivonia district in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg. Alan Cowell, New York Times, "Denis Goldberg, South African Freedom Fighter, Is Dead at 87," 8 May 2020 Like something pulled from a hacker’s hideout, dotted maps of Indiana and of the world filled his screens. Christine Fernando, Indianapolis Star, "Stunned by coronavirus, a college town slowly awakens to a surreal new normal," 11 Apr. 2020 Rather than vying for houses and hotels, players will seek hideouts and common houses. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Baby Yoda Monopoly edition: The Child is king of the board in new 'Stars Wars'-themed game," 4 May 2020 On Sunday's episode, everything came to a head when Bonnet kidnapped Bree from a Wilmington beach and took her to his secret hideout on a small island with the intention of starting a life with her and his son. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Ed Speleers on living out Stephen Bonnet's 'biggest fear' on Outlander," 27 Apr. 2020 The house long has been typecast as a den of iniquity, a fantasy hideout for rappers like Snoop Dogg and G-Eazy in their music videos or pornographer Jackie Treehorn in The Big Lebowski. Gary Baum, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Peculiar Life of the Man in the 'Big Lebowski' House: An NBA Superfan’s Wild L.A. Mansion," 12 Mar. 2020 Police almost captured the duo in 1933 with surprise attacks on their hideouts in Joplin and Platte City, Mo/. Barrow’s brother was killed in the raid and other accomplices were arrested, but Bonnie and Clyde escaped unscathed. Fox News, "The 5 most famous manhunts in US history," 6 Feb. 2020 Čáslavská, who had spoken out against Soviet rule, was forced to flee to a forest hideout, interrupting her training schedule. Mélissa Godin, Time, "Athletes Will Be Banned From Protesting at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. But the Games Have a Long History of Political Demonstrations," 14 Jan. 2020 The World War II structure was built as a hideout for direct nuclear attacks, boasting concrete walls that are up to nine feet thick. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "People Are Considering Buying Luxe "Survival Condos" That Were Once Bunkers in a Missile Silo," 12 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of hideout

1885, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hideout was in 1885

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29 May 2020

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“Hideout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hideout. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hideout

: a place where someone (such as a criminal) hides to avoid being found or captured


hide·​out | \ ˈhīd-ˌau̇t How to pronounce hideout (audio) \

Kids Definition of hideout

: a secret place for hiding (as from the police)

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