Idioms Informal.

go cahoots, to share equally; become partners: They went cahoots in the establishment of the store.Also go in cahoot with, go in cahoots.
in cahoot/cahoots,
  1. in partnership; in league.
  2. in conspiracy: in cahoots with the enemy.

Origin of cahoot

1820–30, Americanism; perhaps < French cahute cabin, hut, equivalent to ca(bane) cabin + hutte hut Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for cahoots

league, alliance, partnership, collusion

Examples from the Web for cahoots

Contemporary Examples of cahoots

Historical Examples of cahoots

  • You had to make a fight to keep him so they couldn't say you were in cahoots with me.

    Oh, You Tex!

    William Macleod Raine

  • On the other was the simple and perplexing inscription, "Cahoots."

    The heart of happy hollow

    Paul Laurence Dunbar

  • The reason he said it was because most of the things we have we have sort of in cahoots, the three of us.


    Ellis Parker Butler

  • What puzzles me is as to who was in cahoots with him, mused Joe.

  • But if something is fishy about the mate too, then perhaps he's in cahoots with her.

    The Jewels of Aptor

    Samuel R. Delany

British Dictionary definitions for cahoots


pl n (sometimes singular) informal

US partnership; league (esp in the phrases go in cahoots with, go cahoot)
in cahoots in collusion

Word Origin for cahoots

C19: of uncertain origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for cahoots

1829, American English, of unknown origin; said to be perhaps from French cahute "cabin, hut" (12c.), but U.S. sources credit it to French cohorte (see cohort), a word said to have been in use in the U.S. South and West with a sense of "companions, confederates."


see cahoots.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with cahoots


see under in league with.

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