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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Indonesia’s influential security minister, Wiranto, said that 145 of the detainees came out and surrendered, leaving 10 holed up inside. Joe Cochrane, New York Times, "ISIS-Linked Indonesian Jail Riot Ends as Police Raid Cellblock," 9 May 2018 En route to Florida and then once holed up at his club, the President spent hours watching the coverage of himself. Philip Elliott, Time, "Inside Donald Trump's Twitter-Fueled Weekend Meltdown," 20 Feb. 2018 The suspect then holed up in a stairwell with a shotgun, Doty said. CBS News, "Cops kill man they say came out shooting after standoff," 4 July 2018 Police fired back, but Mina said that investigators thus far have uncovered no evidence suggesting that Lindsey or any of the children holed up with him were struck by law enforcement’s bullets. Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY, "Orlando man who killed four kids previously menaced girlfriend with knife, set home ablaze," 12 June 2018 David Curcurito, a former creative director of The Source, said that after photo shoots Mr. Vadukul would hole up in his apartment for days, turning pictures on his computer into painting-like visions. Matthew Sedacca, New York Times, "Nitin Vadukul, Inventive Photographer of Hip-Hop, Dies at 52," 8 Mar. 2018 Workers were holed up at the mine over the weekend, afraid to leave because of threats by armed groups. Fox News, "Canadian-owned mine cuts back in Mexico over safety," 28 May 2018 Police are on the scene where an armed man is holed up inside an apartment on the North Side Wednesday afternoon. Rosemary Sobol, chicagotribune.com, "SWAT, sheriff's officers on scene of Buena Park standoff," 4 Apr. 2018 On Wednesday afternoon, he was holed up in the lodge in meetings with other executives as Comcast put the finishing touches on its sweetened offer for Sky. Ben Dummett, WSJ, "Comcast Raises Sky Offer After Fox Sweetened Its Bid," 12 July 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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More Definitions for hole up

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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to reject or criticize sharply

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