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hideout

or hide-out

[hahyd-out]
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noun
  1. a safe place for hiding, especially from the law.
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Origin of hideout

First recorded in 1870–75; noun use of verb phrase hide out

hide1

[hahyd]
verb (used with object), hid, hid·den or hid, hid·ing.
  1. to conceal from sight; prevent from being seen or discovered: Where did she hide her jewels?
  2. to obstruct the view of; cover up: The sun was hidden by the clouds.
  3. to conceal from knowledge or exposure; keep secret: to hide one's feelings.
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verb (used without object), hid, hid·den or hid, hid·ing.
  1. to conceal oneself; lie concealed: He hid in the closet.
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noun
  1. British. a place of concealment for hunting or observing wildlife; hunting blind.
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Verb Phrases
  1. hide out, to go into or remain in hiding: After breaking out of jail, he hid out in a deserted farmhouse.
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Origin of hide1

before 900; Middle English hiden, Old English hȳdan; cognate with Old Frisian hūda, Greek keúthein to conceal
Related formshid·a·ble, adjectivehid·a·bil·i·ty, nounhid·er, noun

Synonyms

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1. screen, mask, cloak, veil, shroud, disguise. Hide, conceal, secrete mean to put out of sight or in a secret place. Hide is the general word: to hide one's money or purpose; A dog hides a bone. Conceal, somewhat more formal, is to cover from sight: A rock concealed them from view. Secrete means to put away carefully, in order to keep secret: The spy secreted the important papers. 3. disguise, dissemble, suppress.

Antonyms

1. reveal, display.
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British Dictionary definitions for hide out

hide1

verb hides, hiding, hid (hɪd), hidden (ˈhɪdən) or hid
  1. to put or keep (oneself or an object) in a secret place; conceal (oneself or an object) from view or discoveryto hide a pencil; to hide from the police
  2. (tr) to conceal or obscurethe clouds hid the sun
  3. (tr) to keep secret
  4. (tr) to turn (one's head, eyes, etc) away
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noun
  1. British a place of concealment, usually disguised to appear as part of the natural environment, used by hunters, birdwatchers, etcUS and Canadian equivalent: blind
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Derived Formshidable, adjectivehider, noun

Word Origin

Old English hӯdan; related to Old Frisian hēda, Middle Low German hüden, Greek keuthein

hide2

noun
  1. the skin of an animal, esp the tough thick skin of a large mammal, either tanned or raw
  2. informal the human skin
  3. Australian and NZ informal impudence
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verb hides, hiding or hided
  1. (tr) informal to flog
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Derived Formshideless, adjective

Word Origin

Old English hӯd; related to Old Norse hūth, Old Frisian hēd, Old High German hūt, Latin cutis skin, Greek kutos; see cuticle

hide3

noun
  1. an obsolete Brit unit of land measure, varying in magnitude from about 60 to 120 acres
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Word Origin

Old English hīgid; related to hīw family, household, Latin cīvis citizen

hideout

noun
  1. a hiding place, esp a remote place used by outlaws, etc; hideaway
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verb hide out (intr)
  1. to remain deliberately concealed, esp for a prolonged period of time
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Word Origin and History for hide out

hideout

n.

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).

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hide

v.1

Old English hydan "to hide, conceal; preserve; hide oneself; bury a corpse," from West Germanic *hudjan (cf. Middle Dutch, Middle Low German huden), from PIE *keudh- (cf. Greek keuthein "to hide, conceal"), from root *(s)keu- "to cover, conceal" (see hide (n.1)). Hide and seek (by 1670s), children's game, replaced earlier all hid (1580s).

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hide

n.1

"skin of a large animal," Old English hyd "hide, skin," from Proto-Germanic *hudiz (cf. Old Norse huð, Old Frisian hed, Middle Dutch huut, Dutch huid, Old High German hut, German Haut "skin"), related to Old English verb hydan "to hide," the common notion being of "covering."

All of this is from PIE root *(s)keu- "to cover, conceal" (cf. Sanskrit kostha "enclosing wall," skunati "covers;" Armenian ciw "roof;" Latin cutis "skin," scutum "shield," ob-scurus "dark;" Greek kytos "a hollow, vessel," keutho "to cover, to hide," skynia "eyebrows;" Russian kishka "gut," literally "sheath;" Lithuanian kiautas "husk," kutis "stall;" Old Norse sky "cloud;" Old English sceo "cloud;" Middle High German hode "scrotum;" Old High German scura, German Scheuer "barn;" Welsh cuddio "to hide").

The alliterative pairing of hide and hair (often negative, hide nor hair) was in Middle English (early 15c.), but earlier and more common was hide ne hewe, literally "skin and complexion ('hue')" (c.1200).

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hide

n.2

"measure of land" (obsolete), Old English hid "hide of land," earlier higid, from hiw- "family" (cf. hiwan "household," hiwo "a husband, master of a household"), from Proto-Germanic *hiwido-, from PIE *keiwo- (cf. Latin civis "citizen"), from root *kei- "to lie; bed, couch; beloved, dear" (see cemetery, and cf. city).

The notion was of "amount of land needed to feed one free family and dependents," usually 100 or 120 acres, but the amount could be as little as 60, depending on the quality of the land. Often also defined as "as much land as could be tilled by one plow in a year." Translated in Latin as familia.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with hide out

hide out

Go into or stay in hiding, especially from the authorities. For example, The cattle thieves hid out in the canyon, or He decided to hide out from the press. [Late 1800s]

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hide

In addition to the idioms beginning with hide

  • hide and seek
  • hide nor hair, neither
  • hide one's face
  • hide one's head in the sand
  • hide one's light under a bushel
  • hide out

also see:

  • cover one's ass (hide)
  • tan one's hide
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