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hide out

1. verb To keep oneself or someone out of sight, often to evade law enforcement. My wife is mad at me again, so I need to hide out here for a few days, bro. You guys really need to find a place to hide out—the cops are getting closer.
2. noun A place where someone or something can stay out of sight. When used as a noun, the phrase is typically written as one word ("hideout"). The cops are getting closer—you guys really need to find a hideout.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

hide out (from someone or something)

to hide oneself so that one cannot be found by someone or something. Max was hiding out from the police in Detroit. Lefty is hiding out too.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

hide out

Go into or stay in hiding, especially from the authorities. For example, The cattle thieves hid out in the canyon, or He decided to hide out from the press. [Late 1800s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

hide out

v.
To seek refuge in a secret place, especially to evade a pursuer: The gangsters hid out in a remote cabin until it was safe to return to the city.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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On three days last week, American drones fired missiles at "insurgent hide-outs" in northwestern Pakistan, ignoring demands by Pakistan's Parliament to end the strikes altogether.
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The two men, including an Uzbek, were slain near Mir Ali, a town in North Waziristan where the army claims it killed about 200 militants in a series of raids on their hide-outs this month, said a local security official.
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US-led infantry units have cleared several cave hide-outs and compounds, including some where troops found ammunition, medicine, night vision goggles and documents.
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