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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Trillanes who remained holed up in his office for three weeks now after President Rodrigo Duterte voided an amnesty given to the former rebel military officer, willingly went with police to post bail. Jim Gomez, Fox News, "Philippine president's fiercest critic arrested, posts bail," 25 Sep. 2018 After more than five years holed up in Ecuador’s embassy in London, Wikileaks leader Julian Assange may be wearing out his welcome. Bloomberg.com, "Bloomberg," 9 Jan. 2018 The latter is the most interesting option, especially for players who hole up in a bunker while waiting in the safe zone and want to scope out incoming threats. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Call of Duty battle royale beta: Surprisingly tame, surprisingly solid," 12 Sep. 2018 Perhaps, as the years go by, McLaren will learn to behave like a normal car company instead of like an F1 team holed up in an underground spaceship. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Palace of Perfectionism Where McLaren Supercars Are Born," 12 Feb. 2016 Drugs, drinking, and a divorce had led her into a deep depression, driving her to hole up in her house in Los Angeles for days with little interaction with the outside world. Kate Branch, Vogue, "This Chart-Topping Rocker Has 55 Tattoos and “No Beauty Standards to Live by but My Own”," 7 Nov. 2018 The pieces practically beg you to hole up at home, light a candle, and relax. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "Ikea Debuts 2018 Winter Holiday Collection," 28 Sep. 2018 And earlier this week, three police officers — two from DPD, and one from the city school district police force — were each shot in the leg outside a home where a gunman was holed up on the 19000 block of Lamont. Perry A. Farrell, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit police officer who saved partner's life dies in traffic crash," 13 Feb. 2018 Pangemanan joined two other men who have also been holed up in the Reformed Church of Highland Park, which first provided immigrant sanctuary in 2012. Chris Fuchs /, NBC News, "Judge grants Christian Indonesians in New Jersey time to fight deportation," 5 Feb. 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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