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[hahyd-uh-wey] /ˈhaɪd əˌweɪ/
a place to which a person can retreat for safety, privacy, relaxation, or seclusion; refuge:
His hideaway is in the mountains.
hidden; concealed; a hideaway compartment for luggage.
Origin of hideaway
1870-75; noun, adj. use of verb phrase (transitive) hide (something) away or (intransitive) hide away Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • You were taking them to the hideaway and the hideaway is part mine.

    Ticktock and Jim Keith Robertson
  • He still felt a little guilty about the matter of the hideaway.

    Ticktock and Jim Keith Robertson
  • He could now leave his hideaway knowing that if it were broken into while he was away he would be warned in time.

    Anything You Can Do ... Gordon Randall Garrett
  • He led the mare back to the hideaway and tied her to a tree.

    Ticktock and Jim Keith Robertson
  • Once in the cool cover of the forest, Jim turned toward his hideaway.

    Ticktock and Jim Keith Robertson
  • As he earned money from odd jobs, he began using it to stock his hideaway.

    Ticktock and Jim Keith Robertson
  • Any trouble was acceptable if she could only show up her brother and find the hideaway.

    Ticktock and Jim Keith Robertson
British Dictionary definitions for hideaway


a hiding place or secluded spot
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for hideaway

"small, secluded restaurant, etc.," 1929, from hide (v.1) + away. Earlier it meant "a fugitive person" (1871).

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



  1. A private retreat; personal refuge; hideout (1930+)
  2. A small, remote place, esp a small nightclub, restaurant, etc: The vaudeville performer on the two-a-day has played to punks in the hideaways (1929+)
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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