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
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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