/ (kəˈhuːts) /

pl n(sometimes singular) informal
  1. US partnership; league (esp in the phrases go in cahoots with, go cahoot)

  2. in cahoots in collusion

Origin of cahoots

C19: of uncertain origin

Words Nearby cahoots

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How to use cahoots in a sentence

  • Lawyer Feeder, who run for state senator an' whose record's none too dainty, is in cahoots with Jordan an' Plimsoll.

    Rimrock Trail | J. Allan Dunn
  • Now Lewis says these men pack to an' fro from Elgeria, an' he has a hunch they're in cahoots with Smith, who runs a place there.

  • Well, the story got around, and so it was, and from that day forth the black boy was 'cahoots.'

    The heart of happy hollow | Paul Laurence Dunbar
  • Weve also suspected that you have been in cahoots with him, continued the lieutenant in casual tones.

  • I'm to load 'em up with misrepresentations about how you and the sheriff happen to be working in cahoots.

    A Texas Ranger | William MacLeod Raine

Other Idioms and Phrases with cahoots


see under in league with.

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