- a boat made by hollowing out a log.
- Baseball. a roofed structure enclosed on three sides and with the fourth side open and facing the playing field, usually with the floor below ground level, where the players sit when not on the field.
- a rough shelter or dwelling formed by an excavation in the ground, in the face of a bank, in the side of a hill, etc., especially one used by soldiers.
Origin of dugout
1715–25, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase dug out
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Examples from the Web for dugout
During the season, he regularly takes a dugout seat where he can work on his tan.
When he gets back to the dugout he'll tell us why before we can ask.
The dugout was covered with semi-circular sheets of corrugated iron, forming a vaulted roof.Life Under Air Strikes: Children Under Fire Will Never Forget — or Forgive
August 3, 2014
One afternoon, with [Babe] Dahlgren near him in the dugout, a photographer asked Lou if he could take a photo of the two of them.The Stacks: The Day Lou Gehrig Delivered Baseball’s Gettysburg Address
July 4, 2014
He sported hair curlers in the dugout, took handfuls of amphetamines before games, and pitched a no-hitter on LSD.‘No No,’ a Documentary on MLB Pitcher Dock Ellis, Who Pitched a No-Hitter While Tripping on Acid
February 5, 2014
I caught the body, pulled it back into the dugout, but it was too late.
I didn't wait for more, but scrambled out of the dugout as fast as I could.
He might even have wondered how the logs of that dugout had been hauled to the shelf on which it stood.
It was his first acquaintance with a dugout, nor was he impressed with the comfort it displayed.
A flood of wintry sunshine suffused the interior of the dugout.The Hound From The North
- a canoe made by hollowing out a log
- military a covered excavation dug to provide shelter
- slang a retired officer, former civil servant, etc, recalled to employment
- (at a sports ground) the covered bench where managers, trainers, etc sit and players wait when not on the field
- (in the Canadian prairies) a reservoir dug on a farm in which water from rain and snow is collected for use in irrigation, watering livestock, etc
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Word Origin and History for dugout
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