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[foks-hohl] /ˈfɒksˌhoʊl/
a small pit, usually for one or two soldiers, dug as a shelter in a battle area.
Origin of foxhole
First recorded in 1915-20; fox + hole Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • A grenade had come flying into the foxhole where Dane and Harding had felt reasonably safe.

    Dead Ringer Lester del Rey
  • With morning he was half a mile away, in a foxhole less than sixty yards from the massive outer perimeter of the arena.

    Stalemate Basil Eugene Wells
  • The foxhole had two entrances, both well-concealed, and he had rigged elaborate warning devices should the vicinity be approached.

    Stalemate Basil Eugene Wells
  • The shower of rock is somewhat reminiscent of Ungava's meteor spray or splintered debris forced down a soldier's foxhole.

    The Land of Look Behind Paul Cameron Brown
  • And while an officer wouldn't be expected to pitch a tent, he would dig his own foxhole, unless he was well up in grade.

    The Armed Forces Officer

    U. S. Department of Defense
British Dictionary definitions for foxhole


(military) a small pit dug during an action to provide individual shelter against hostile fire
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for foxhole

also fox-hole, Old English fox-hol "a fox's den," from fox (n.) + hole (n.). Military sense is from World War I.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for foxhole



A hole in which one conceals oneself, esp one dug for that purpose by a soldier (WWII armed forces)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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