safe house


Definition of safe house 

: a place where one may engage in secret activities or take refuge

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For $4,000 more, the second smuggler would take them from the river to a safe house in McAllen, Tex. Kevin Sieff, Washington Post, "As border crossings surge, a Mexican couple tests Trump’s policies," 21 June 2018 The government’s equal opportunities office says most of the money has gone to providing more beds in safe houses for trafficked women and girls who want to escape life on the streets. Washington Post, "Italy stems immigration, short on aiding indebted sex slaves," 7 Mar. 2018 Rastvorov — a major espionage asset who revealed important information about the KGB and the Soviet government — defected in Tokyo and was taken to a CIA safe house in Potomac, Md., where agents interrogated him for hours every day for months. Richard Sandomir,, "Fred Kovaleski, tennis player and CIA spy, dies at 93," 1 June 2018 After the shootout that killed Thompson, Hayes fled and was in hiding for almost four months when NYPD officers reportedly found him at a BLA safe house in the Bronx. Fox News, "Cop killer who murdered New York police officer in 1973 granted parole," 24 June 2018 As the government struggles to respond to the opioid epidemic, Garrett’s decision to give up what might have been a safe House seat provides a timely reminder that everyone is at risk to addiction. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: As alcoholism fells another congressman, a reminder that no one is immune to addiction," 29 May 2018 Today, Califano writes, there are 402 safe House seats, referring to House members who won by 10 points or more in 2016. Ari Berman, New York Times, "How Endangered Is American Democracy?," 13 Apr. 2018 So the Wilsons — who own and live on the 10-acre site, once a safe house on the Underground Railroad and a meeting house for abolitionists — say it’s time to sell. Katie Park,, "Once an Underground Railroad stop, Montgomery County property may soon be filled with townhouses," 5 June 2018 But things take a fraught turn when Omar gets a message that seems to spook him—the safe house is no longer safe—and tries to jump back in his van and leave her behind. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 Episode 3: June Pays a Price for Refusing to Be Passive," 2 May 2018

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1928, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of safe house

: a place where a person hides from the police, stays to be protected by the police, or is involved in secret activities

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