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  1. a small pit, usually for one or two soldiers, dug as a shelter in a battle area.
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Origin of foxhole

First recorded in 1915–20; fox + hole
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Related Words

gully, dike, trough, gorge, moat, pit, foxhole, waterway, cellar, cave, rut, canal, cut, excavation, tube, gutter, dugout, hollow, arroyo, drain

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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.


    Basil Eugene Wells

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


    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


  1. military a small pit dug during an action to provide individual shelter against hostile fire
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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.

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