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get into a huddle

To discuss something privately with a small and/or specific group of people. Likened to a huddle in American football, in which the offensive team gathers together before a play to discuss their plan. Go ahead and get into a huddle with your husband and decide if you want to submit a counter-offer.
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go into a huddle

1. Lit. [for team members] to get into a small circle and plan what they are going to do next. They went into a huddle to plan their strategy. The players will go into a huddle and decide what to do.
2. . Fig. [for people] to group together to talk and decide what to do. We went into a huddle to plan our sales strategy. Top-level management needs to go into a huddle and come up with a good plan.
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huddle around someone or something

to gather or bunch around someone or something. The girls huddled around Mary to hear what she had to say. The kids huddled around the cake and consumed it almost instantaneously.
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huddle someone together

to bunch people together. The scoutmaster huddled the boys together to give them a pep talk. Let's huddle everyone together to keep warm.
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huddle (up) (together)

to bunch up together. The children huddled up together to keep warm. They huddled up to keep warm. The newborn rabbits huddled together and squirmed hungrily.

go into a huddle

Gather together privately to talk about or plan something, as in The attorneys went into a huddle with their client before asking the next question. Although huddle has been used since the 16th century in the sense of "a crowded mass of things," the current usage comes from football, where the team goes into a huddle to decide on the next play. [Mid-1900s]
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get/go into a ˈhuddle (with somebody)

move close to somebody so that you can talk about something without other people hearing: Every time she asked a question, the group went into a huddle before giving her an answer.
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huddle up

1. To move close together to form a tightly packed group: The football team huddled up to discuss the next play.
2. To cause a group to come together in a tightly packed crowd: I huddled the children up in a group in the museum lobby. The police huddled up the protesters and led them into the van.
3. To assume a position with the limbs drawn up close to the body: The lost hiker huddled up under a shelter made of branches and leaves.
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So the mechanics of just huddling basically on the ball, which is really just what we're doing, is fairly.
Groscolas says that a huddling male can drop his metabolic rate 40 percent compared with that of a lone dad.
Trapped by flames, Tom Craven, 30, Devin Weaver, 21, Jessica Johnson, 19, and Karen Fitzpatrick, 18, tried to survive by huddling in their fire-resistant survival tents.
The bees also survive by huddling together, which helps keep them warm.
Huddle IX" is a limited edition based on an original painting depicting the Rams offense huddling to call a play during their title-winning game.
Speaking of huddling, what updates on Celtic TV over the past fortnight about the return of Tony Mowbray, the man who gave the club the name for its news show The Daily Huddle, by inventing the thing?
Umpires say huddling is rare because their assignments are different: They need only worry about one base.
By measuring change in body weight and water use before and after incubation, the researchers calculated that the huddling penguins burned fat stores at a 17 percent lower rate than captive penguins did.
Coping responses included grooming each other, making submissive gestures, avoiding dominant animals, and huddling with relatives after a dispute rather than starting a fight.