hole up

verb
|Updated on: 10 Aug 2018

Definition of hole up

: to hide out in or as if in a hole or cave
: to place in or as if in a refuge or hiding place

Examples of hole up in a Sentence

  1. we'll hole up in the cellar and wait out the hurricane

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First Known Use of hole up

1875

in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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hole up Synonyms

Synonyms

hide, lie, lurk, repose, skulk;

Antonyms

appear;

Near Antonyms

come out, materialize, show up, turn up;

Related Words

slink, sneak;

avoid, elude, evade;

Phrases

lie low, sit tight;


HOLE UP Defined for Kids

hole up

verb

Definition of hole up for Students

holed up; holing up
: to take shelter
  • During the storm they holed up in the basement.


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