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To stay in a particular place as a refuge from something. We just holed up at home with some good movies while it snowed all weekend. The cops are going to find us holed up here eventually.
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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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]
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.
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.
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.
in. to hide (somewhere). I just want to hole up until the whole matter is settled.
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