One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The earth or burrow of a fox.
- ‘The sandy pitch was uneven and full of fox holes which had to be covered over before the game could start, a sad reflection on a stadium starting to show wear and tear.’
- ‘A dog trapped in a foxhole for two days was rescued by firemen using a £20,000 thermal imaging camera.’
- ‘Look around the places where you know animals live such as badger setts, foxholes, and rabbit burrows: around these place you may find tracks and droppings.’
- ‘He was able to confirm the presence of a badger at North Wood by the discovery of its hairs at the entrance to an enlarged fox hole.’
- ‘Today's owner is more likely to pull the dog off the couch than out of a fox hole.’
- ‘The company said claims of fox holes being bulldozed over was unfounded.’
- ‘A Jack Russell who decided to investigate the fox hole at the back of her garden had to be rescued by fire fighters after getting stuck 3 metres below the earth.’
- ‘The two-year-old Patterdale terrier was trapped in a network of foxholes.’
- ‘This album has the urgency of a Jack Russell at a foxhole.’
- ‘One day the dog hunted an animal into a foxhole.’
2A hole in the ground used by troops as a shelter against enemy fire or as a firing point.
- ‘He learned about digging trenches and foxholes, using a bayonet, how to properly jump from an airplane and what to do if he happened to land in a tree.’
- ‘I haven't had a firsthand experience of being under fire in a foxhole, but many of us have had some experience of reaching our limits and knowing that we are not the answer to all of our problems and challenges.’
- ‘This can greatly increase the range and lethality of the weapon system by denying enemy troops the protection of foxholes and bunkers unless they have substantial overhead cover.’
- ‘The unit was practicing infantry skills, making foxholes, establishing perimeter defenses, conducting roving patrols and using night vision devices to detect enemy activity at night.’
- ‘Later, soldiers man their foxholes and listen as more artillery is heard hitting a town they may soon pass through.’
- ‘The days of sitting in a prepared foxhole on a range and shooting targets at known distances is over.’
- ‘Signal operations include managing and controlling information networks from the sustaining base to the foxhole.’
- ‘They should be, therefore, installed as soon as foxholes are dug and expanded into trenches or commander's observation posts are erected.’
- ‘It was a war of foxholes, dugouts, and cold frontline patrols.’
- ‘Ernie Pyle, a reporter who eschewed the safety of command posts and made a niche for himself in the foxholes of the frontline troops during World War II, died 59 years ago on his way to another battle.’
- ‘They sleep in the same barracks, eat in the same dining facilities, and fight from the same foxholes and tanks.’
- ‘As those consulted explained, in the confusion of battle there is not time to work out who is the most senior of the five soldiers or officers crouched in a foxhole.’
- ‘They dug foxholes, built small huts, and settled in for five months.’
- ‘With his group completely surrounded and cut off, he moved from foxhole to foxhole exposing himself to enemy fire, giving instructions and offering encouragement to his men.’
- ‘I only came out of it when an outstanding NCO made me move from my foxhole to another one.’
- ‘Regular drill and exercises, along with advice from actual war veterans' help them to maintain a high standard of authenticity in all aspects from parade-ground drill to digging foxholes and fighting patrols.’
- ‘We are not fighting an enemy at 300 meters from a foxhole; we are standing at checkpoints, walking through urban areas, and clearing rooms.’
- ‘During the day, they dug foxholes, strung wire, and filled sandbags, because site defense is never complete.’
- 2.1 A place of refuge or concealment.
refuge, retreat, bolt-hole, hideout, hiding place, hideaway, study, denView synonyms
- ‘I personally would hate to be driven down into a foxhole - tapping on my keyboard, afraid even to open my postal mail or cross a local bridge.’
- ‘"Customers are coming out of the foxholes," says the CFO of a Milwaukee maker of computerized manufacturing gear.’
- ‘The unemployed dad says the letter's author should come out of their "foxhole" and face him.’
- ‘The great thing about this organization is when we dig a foxhole, we dig it big enough for everybody to get in.’
- ‘I don't know about other folks but when I hear 'bipartisan' these days, I reach for my wallet and start looking for a foxhole.’
- ‘Eventually, the car gets momentum and speeds off toward the condemned apartment - her foxhole.’
- ‘The murderer had been hiding out in a number of foxholes in the countryside when he was discovered.’
- ‘He is urging chief executives to emerge from their "corporate foxholes" and take on their growing band of critics.’
- ‘A further price spike followed by a sudden sell-off could spook corporate CEOs, sending them scurrying back to their foxholes.’
- ‘The current paralysis in government demands the kind of leadership that brings lawmakers out of their foxholes.’
Old English: from fox + hole; the military sense arose during the First World War.
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