Synonyms for holed up

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It wa'n't good for him to be holed up out there in them hills all his life.

I should say it would be safe to assume the Waernu are holed up in Michaels' home.

This mythical Wells gang could have been holed up in the city, too, you know.

He holed up one day, until it really hit him that he couldn't get any more.

Now they are holed up in their strongholds, waiting developments.

Here's our storm at last, and lucky it is that we're holed up so well.

I told him about his son, holed up in gaol with Jim at La Morita.

The Soth was holed up in the lab, and would I come right away?

It could have holed up in either, waiting to attack any trailer—but why?

Probably the same way we would have, had we not holed up on that river island.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English hol "orifice, hollow place, cave, perforation," from Proto-Germanic *hul (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Old High German hol, Middle Dutch hool, Old Norse holr, German hohl "hollow," Gothic us-hulon "to hollow out"), from PIE root *kel- (see cell).

As a contemptuous word for "small dingy lodging or abode" it is attested from 1610s. Meaning "a fix, scrape, mess" is from 1760. Obscene slang use for "vulva" is implied from mid-14c. Hole in the wall "small and unpretentious place" is from 1822; to hole up first recorded 1875. To need (something) like a hole in the head, applied to something useless or detrimental, first recorded 1944 in entertainment publications, probably a translation of a Yiddish expression, cf. ich darf es vi a loch in kop.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR HOLED UP

concealed

adjectivehidden, secret
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