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in cahoots (with someone)

Rur. in conspiracy with someone; in league with someone. The mayor is in cahoots with the construction company that got the contract for the new building. Those two have been in cahoots before.
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in cahoots (with somebody)

working secretly with someone She was in cahoots with this guy who was smuggling drugs across the border.
Usage notes: usually said about doing something dishonest
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in league with somebody

agreeing to do something with someone else The accountant and the chairman were in league to hide the company's debts. I believe my children are in league with the devil!
Usage notes: often said about an activity that is not completely legal or approved of
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be in cahoots

to be secretly planning something together, especially something dishonest (usually + with ) There are theories that someone in the government was in cahoots with the assassin.
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see under in league with.

in league with

Also, in cahoots with. In close cooperation or in partnership with, often secretly or in a conspiracy. For example, "For anybody on the road might be a robber, or in league with robbers" (Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, 1859), or We suspect that the mayor is in cahoots with the construction industry. The first term dates from the mid-1500s. The variant, a colloquialism dating from the early 1800s, may come from the French cahute, "a small hut or cabin," and may allude to the close quarters in such a dwelling.
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