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[duhg-out] /ˈdʌgˌaʊt/
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 Unabridged
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  • I caught the body, pulled it back into the dugout, but it was too late.

    Slaves of Mercury Nat Schachner
  • I didn't wait for more, but scrambled out of the dugout as fast as I could.

    Slaves of Mercury Nat Schachner
  • It was his first acquaintance with a dugout, nor was he impressed with the comfort it displayed.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • He might even have wondered how the logs of that dugout had been hauled to the shelf on which it stood.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • A flood of wintry sunshine suffused the interior of the dugout.

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
British Dictionary definitions for dugout


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

also dug-out, "canoe," 1722, American English, from dug, past participle of dig (v.) + out (adv.). Baseball sense is first recorded 1914, from c.1855 meaning of "rough shelter."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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