hole up


verb (intr, adverb)

(of an animal) to hibernate, esp in a cave
informal to hide or remain secluded

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Idioms and Phrases with hole up

hole up

Take refuge or shelter, hide, as in I spent most of the cruise holed up in my cabin. This usage alludes to animals hibernating in winter or hiding from attack in caves or holes. [Late 1800s]

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