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Related to hole up: let alone, stick to, shove off, slack off, bumped into
1. to take shelter somewhere. During the blizzard, we holed up in a lean-to made of branches. Looks like bad weather coming. We'd better find a place to hole up.
2. to hide somewhere. The police are looking for me. I need somewhere to hole up. The outlaw holed up in a cave.
hole up (somewhere)
to stay in a hidden place While writing his book, he holed up for a year in a cabin in the woods.
Take refuge or shelter, hide, as in I spent most of the cruise holed up in my cabin. This usage alludes to animals hibernating in winter or hiding from attack in caves or holes. [Late 1800s]
1. To hibernate in or as if in a hole: The weather outside was cold, so the rabbits holed up in their warren.
2. To take refuge in or as if in a hideout: The thieves holed up in a remote cabin until the police stopped looking for them.
in. to hide (somewhere). I just want to hole up until the whole matter is settled.