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[ foks-hohl ]


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


/ ˈfɒksˌhəʊl /


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

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Word History and Origins

Origin of foxhole1

First recorded in 1915–20; fox + hole

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Example Sentences

Even his friends who adored the EMT lifestyle, with its sense of purpose and foxhole camaraderie, usually ended up leaving after two or three years.

I think there’s an awareness that we’re in the foxhole together, and there’s not a lot of us, and we’re being assaulted, and so you’ve got to be together.

[He tears off the tape] They stole into my foxhole at night and covered my face with Scotch tape.

But what if a soldier had my book in their foxhole: would they curse me or thank me?

Some colleagues viewed him as “calm, friendly, collected, a foxhole type of guy.”

So he would go from foxhole to foxhole and, by any means, would get his men to fight.

Nor is he likely to be found, as Saddam Hussein was, cowering in a covered foxhole.

A grenade had come flying into the foxhole where Dane and Harding had felt reasonably safe.

With morning he was half a mile away, in a foxhole less than sixty yards from the massive outer perimeter of the arena.

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

The shower of rock is somewhat reminiscent of Ungava's meteor spray or splintered debris forced down a soldier's foxhole.

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.


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