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or hide-out

[hahyd-out] /ˈhaɪdˌaʊt/
a safe place for hiding, especially from the law.
Origin of hideout
First recorded in 1870-75; noun use of verb phrase hide out Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He knows I wish to get to his hideout and he is making sure that I get there.

    The Mind Master Arthur J. Burks
  • His task was to penetrate the hideout of Barter––and he was on the way there now.

    The Mind Master Arthur J. Burks
  • Holaf strode back into the cavern that had been the Zerv's hideout for so long.

    Valley of the Croen Lee Tarbell
  • They got a place over there somewhere they call the hideout.

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
  • They've gone to the hideout an' we got to find it, li'l' hawss.

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
British Dictionary definitions for hideout


a hiding place, esp a remote place used by outlaws, etc; hideaway
verb (intransitive)
to remain deliberately concealed, esp for a prolonged period of time
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Word Origin and History for hideout

also hide-out, "a hiding place," 1885, American English, from hide (v.) + out. The phrase hide out "conceal (oneself) from the authorities" is attested from 1870, American English (in reference to Northern draft dodgers in the Civil War).

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



  1. An inmate who hides with the intention of escaping at night (1915+ Prison)
  2. A place of relative obscurity and safety; hideaway: The gang had a hideout in a ruined warehouse near Hoboken (1885+)
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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