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[kuh-hoot] /kəˈhut/
Idioms, Informal.
go cahoots, to share equally; become partners:
They went cahoots in the establishment of the store.
Also, go in cahoot with, go in cahoots.
in cahoot / cahoots,
  1. in partnership; in league.
  2. in conspiracy:
    in cahoots with the enemy.
Origin of cahoot
1820-30, Americanism; perhaps < French cahute cabin, hut, equivalent to ca(bane) cabin + hutte hut Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • You had to make a fight to keep him so they couldn't say you were in cahoots with me.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • On the other was the simple and perplexing inscription, "cahoots."

    The heart of happy hollow Paul Laurence Dunbar
  • The reason he said it was because most of the things we have we have sort of in cahoots, the three of us.

    Swatty Ellis Parker Butler
  • What puzzles me is as to who was in cahoots with him, mused Joe.

  • But if something is fishy about the mate too, then perhaps he's in cahoots with her.

    The Jewels of Aptor Samuel R. Delany
British Dictionary definitions for cahoots


plural noun (sometimes sing) (informal)
(US) partnership; league (esp in the phrases go in cahoots with, go cahoot)
in cahoots, in collusion
Word Origin
C19: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for cahoots

1829, American English, of unknown origin; said to be perhaps from French cahute "cabin, hut" (12c.), but U.S. sources credit it to French cohorte (see cohort), a word said to have been in use in the U.S. South and West with a sense of "companions, confederates."


see cahoots.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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in cahoots

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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see under in league with
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