hole up


Definition of hole up

intransitive verb

: to hide out in or as if in a hole or cave

transitive verb

: to place in or as if in a refuge or hiding place

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Synonyms & Antonyms for hole up


hide, lie, lurk, repose, skulk



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Examples of hole up in a Sentence

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

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Kenyan officials said security forces held off on confronting the gunmen while office workers were still holed up inside the complex, to avoid striking them in the crossfire. Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "Questions Mount as Kenyan Hotel Siege Ends," 16 Jan. 2019 Yet, despite the need to burrow, New Yorkers tend to get a little stir-crazy when holed up in our apartment for longer than a day. Ariel Okin, Vogue, "8 Romantic Winter Weekend Getaways From New York City," 29 Dec. 2018 While the world is obsessing over Priyanka Chopra's upcoming wedding to Nick Jonas, I'll be holed up in my apartment, watching her music videos on a loop. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Priyanka Chopra Was a Pop Star in 2013, and Everyone Slept on It," 30 Nov. 2018 The Standoff at Sparrow Creek is about a militia of men who hole up in a lumber mill after realizing that one of their members seems to have been behind a mass shooting. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "New trailers: Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame, and more," 8 Dec. 2018 Yasir Arafat, the leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization, moved in for a while but was later pushed out, and the city’s many other fighters struggled to control the building or shell their enemies who were holed up inside. Ben Hubbard, New York Times, "Walking Tour of a City’s History, Assassinations Included," 7 Feb. 2018 But neighbor Jill Webb tells KABC-TV that other residents remain holed up in their apartments. Fox News, "The Latest: Shots fired at California senior complex," 14 Sep. 2018 After holing up for weeks in Jackson Hole, Wyoming to put the finishing touches on his eighth studio album, West is finally ready to reveal his latest work. Janine Rubenstein, PEOPLE.com, "Kanye West Holding Listening Party for New Album in Wyoming: 'He's So Happy and Excited' Says Source," 31 May 2018 Julian Assange, the controversial founder of WikiLeaks, has been barred from using the Internet or receiving visitors at the Ecuadoran Embassy in London, where he has been holed up for nearly six years, the Ecuadoran government announced Wednesday. Washington Post, "World Digest: March 28, 2018," 28 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of hole up

1875, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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The first known use of hole up was in 1875

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hole up

holed up; holing up

Kids Definition of hole up

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

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