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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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  • Then he came back to breakfast in his dugout with a hearty appetite.

    Now It Can Be Told Philip Gibbs
  • The two Baxters—Jake and Joel—were coming in their dugout to do it.

    The Escape of Mr. Trimm Irvin S. Cobb
  • The boche came over to raid us, and when the alarm was given every one popped out of his bed and made for the dugout.

    The Glory of The Coming Irvin S. Cobb
  • In this manner I crept along the path till the dugout arrived at the rapids.

    Field and Forest Oliver Optic
  • The Frenchmen stretched and yawned and went down into their dugout.

    Three Soldiers John Dos Passos
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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