hole up

hole up
1. remain secluded or in hiding

He is writing his book and is holing up in his study

Hypernyms: ↑hide, ↑hide out
Verb Frames:

Something ——s

2. score a hole in one
Topics: ↑golf, ↑golf game
Hypernyms: ↑score, ↑hit, ↑tally, ↑rack up
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s

3. sleep during winter

Bears must eat a lot of food before they hibernate in their caves

Syn: ↑hibernate
Ant: ↑estivate (for: ↑hibernate), ↑aestivate (for: ↑hibernate)
Derivationally related forms: ↑hibernation (for: ↑hibernate)
Hypernyms: ↑sleep, ↑kip, ↑slumber, ↑log Z's, ↑catch some Z's
Verb Frames:

Something ——s

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1 the bears hole up in winter: HIBERNATE, lie dormant.
2 (informal) the snipers holed up in a farmhouse: HIDE (OUT), conceal oneself, secrete oneself, shelter, take cover, lie low, go to ground, go to earth; Brit. informal, dated lie doggo.

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intransitive verb
1. : to take refuge or shelter in a hole or cave or as if in one : seek protection

gone upstate to where her people were … figured on holing up with them for a while until she got over being afraid — R.F.Mirvish

holed up in caves until they were blasted out by tommy gun and dynamite — Newsweek

2. : to go into hiding

breaks jail and holes up in an isolated turkey ranch — Newsweek

badmen who holed up in badlands where others dared not venture — Ford Times

a. : to place in or as if in a refuge, a shelter, or a hiding place

during the wartime absence of her husband … she was holed up with two small sons on a farm — New Yorker

the gunman holed them up in the house for two days

2. : to hold up or delay especially for a long time

housing legislation is holed up in a Senate committee — Time

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hole up (informal)
To go to earth, hide (also figurative)
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ˌhole ˈup [intransitive/transitive] [he/she/it holes up present participle holing up past tense holed up past participle holed up] phrasal verb
if you hole up or are holed up somewhere, you stay there, especially because you are hiding

She was holed up in the mountains somewhere, trying to avoid the media.

Thesaurus: to hide, or to hide somethingsynonym
Main entry: hole

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informal hide oneself

I holed up for two days in a tiny cottage in Pennsylvania

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hole up [phrasal verb]
informal : to stay in a place hidden or apart from other people

The criminals holed up in a downtown motel for a few days.

The band holed up in the recording studio to record their album.

◇ You can hole up in a place or be/stay holed up in a place.

The band was/stayed holed up in the recording studio.

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Main Entry:hole

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ˌhole ˈup | be ˌholed ˈup derived
(informal) to hide in a place

He'll hole up now and move again tomorrow, after dark.

We believe the gang are holed up in the mountains.

Main entry:holederived

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