hidey-hole

noun

hid·​ey-hole ˈhī-dē-ˌhōl How to pronounce hidey-hole (audio)
variants or less commonly hidy-hole
informal
: an area or space used as a hiding place
Payday in Iraq means taking home a wodge of notes from your boss and shoving it under your bed or into some hidey-hole before finding time to visit your local bank to make a deposit.The Economist

Examples of hidey-hole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its ultimate honeymoon hidey-hole, though, is Villa Rahasia, an off-grid retreat on a secret cove reached via a 90-minute trek from the resort, where couples only have the stars in the sky for company. Chris Schalkx, Vogue, 4 Oct. 2023 Thus, Superior cleverly crafts a hidey-hole inside the fuel-filler flap, in which is inserted a spare key. John Phillips, Car and Driver, 26 Aug. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

alteration of earlier hiding-hole

First Known Use

1817, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hidey-hole was in 1817

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Cite this Entry

“Hidey-hole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hidey-hole. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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