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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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in cahoots (with someone)

In close, often secretive or conspiratorial cooperation with someone. It turned out that the business tycoon was in cahoots with local law enforcement to have the investigation dropped. We've been in cahoots with a company overseas who can produce the product for half the price.
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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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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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in cahoots with someone

If one person is in cahoots another, they are working together secretly to do something, usually something dishonest. He was accused of being in cahoots with the kidnappers. Note: You can also say that two people are in cahoots. They worked in cahoots to set the whole thing up without me knowing.
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in cahoots

working or conspiring together, often dishonestly; in collusion. informal
In cahoots is recorded in the early 19th century, in the south and west of the USA, in the sense of ‘partnership’. The origin of cahoot is uncertain; it may come either from the French word cahute meaning ‘a hut’ or from cohort .
1998 Spectator Labour knows that. So do the Tories and that's why the two of them are in cahoots.
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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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