hole up

holed up; holing up; holes 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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Examples of hole up in a Sentence

we'll hole up in the cellar and wait out the hurricane
Recent Examples on the Web There’s no shortage of chic resorts to hole up in on St. Barth, but as of tomorrow, an even more exclusive accommodation will be available on the Caribbean paradise. Alia Akkam, Robb Report, 28 Feb. 2022 The story focus on a forlorn band of prostitutes, forced to pick sides when the American military invades and the soldiers hole up in their seaside brothel. Emiliano De Pablos, Variety, 18 Feb. 2022 Now some people will drink too much, drive too fast, or hole up and watch TV. Florence Williams, The Atlantic, 1 Feb. 2022 After scoring 32 points in the pivotal Game Five, the new face of the NBA FaceTimed his brother, who was forced to hole up in a hotel room. Matt Sullivan, Rolling Stone, 18 Nov. 2021 And shortly after school started — around the same time Finau and her kids had to hole up in the quarantine and isolation hotel — the clinic saw a surge in cases. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 Nov. 2021 Luckily, Alex’s family has a skyscraper in the middle of refurbishment, allowing the quintet to hole up in its half-finished penthouse suites and figure things out. Richard Kuipers, Variety, 3 Nov. 2021 Daniels scrambled through a hole up the middle, ran away from two Stanford defenders who collided and raced off for a 51-yard touchdown run on Arizona State’s opening drive. John Marshall, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Oct. 2021 That means moms and dads hole up in the room for days, sometimes weeks. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of hole up

1875, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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6 Apr 2022

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“Hole up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hole%20up. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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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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