be in cahoots

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be in cahoots

To be working together in secret, often with an air of unseemliness. Those two have been whispering all day. I wonder what they're in cahoots about. I think all of those kids are in cahoots because they're all on the surveillance video from the night of the robbery.
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be in caˈhoots (with somebody)

(informal) be planning or doing something dishonest with somebody else: Some people believe that the company directors are in cahoots with the government.
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'We cannot deny that some of our employees are in cahoots [with private hospitals],' he said.
The effect, however, of the postponement, is that barangay officials who have lost the trust of their constituents, like those who coddle or are in cahoots with drug lords, are gifted with another year in office.
THE new smear is that Alex Salmond and Scotland are in cahoots with Iran.
The report contained some good news, in that there is little evidence terrorists and pirate syndicates are in cahoots. Pirates, the report said, rely on maritime trade to be operating smoothly, while terrorists are motivated to disrupt it.
It's not that journalists are in cahoots with industry groups.
'We see this as a bold initiative to once and for all rid the organization of errant personnel who are in cahoots with drug syndicates,' Carlos said.