Definition of dugout in English:



  • 1A shelter that is dug in the ground and roofed over, especially one used by troops in warfare.

    • ‘In the camp, the message was relayed to the commanders, who frantically tried to wake the sleeping troops to get them into dugouts which would protect them from the worst of the blast.’
    • ‘A bunch of Afghan soldiers emerged from a dugout to look at us with some curiosity.’
    • ‘They were jittery now and reacted nervously to any movement around their dugouts.’
    • ‘Areas within the trenches, known as dugouts, were furnished with a table and chairs and a few wire-mesh bunks for resting.’
    • ‘If you get away from potential targets and into a slit trench or dugout, any good insurance company would issue you a policy on the spot.’
    • ‘With much of the ground below sea level, there was a constant problem with the water table filling trenches and dugouts with water.’
    • ‘The rain not only flooded the dugouts, it turned the trenches into mud holes.’
    • ‘The Germans showed particular ingenuity in constructing deep dugouts, like the large stollen used to shelter the troops waiting to assault Verdun in early 1916.’
    • ‘These were mainly earth dugouts, filled in after the war.’
    pit, ditch, trench, cavity, crater, depression, hollow
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    1. 1.1A low shelter at the side of a baseball field, with seating from which a team's coaches and players not taking part can watch the game.
      • ‘He takes his infield and outfield gloves into the dugout for each game.’
      • ‘Since both teams were in the dugout, which was below field grade, there was little to be done but fight one's way out.’
      • ‘He reached in the bat rack there in the third base dugout, which was our dugout, the visiting team dugout.’
      • ‘I accompanied Dad and the team on the plane, on the team bus rides, in the press box at each game, and even an occasion in the dugout and on the field during batting practice.’
      • ‘I had to walk on the field of play to get back to the dugout, for fear of being hit.’
      • ‘One sports talk show after another was lined up in front of the dugouts, taking live shots of the field before the big game.’
      • ‘First-time managers are best served in the dugout by former major league skippers or veteran coaches.’
      • ‘This fall, he was in the dugout as first-year manager of a team playing in its first World Series.’
      • ‘I walked back to the dugout and confronted my coach.’
      • ‘Then he had to watch again from the visitors' dugout as the home team came back and won.’
      • ‘After the game, the kids were lined up along the rail from the dugout to shallow right field, with their scorecards and baseballs in hand, hoping for an autograph.’
      • ‘The missing knowledge, they believe, is in the locker room, the dugout, the team bus, the psychology of the players and the relations among them.’
      • ‘Thousands of New Englanders had made the trip to Toronto, many of them arriving early and lining up four deep from behind the first base dugout to the right field foul pole.’
      • ‘It was a pretty impressive field, with real dugouts and amphitheater-like seating up the first- and third-base lines.’
      • ‘I requested media passes far in advance and took advantage of the opportunity to access the field and dugout prior to the game.’
      • ‘Two of the diamonds will have major league dimensions, and one will have covered dugouts, a scoreboard and lighting for night games.’
      • ‘In most dugouts, players congregate on the outfield side while the manager and coaches gather on the home plate end.’
      • ‘The equivalent would be driving an outfielder from the dugout to center field, then leaving him there to do the real work on his own.’
      • ‘Early in Game 1 when he sensed his players were tight, he called a brief team meeting in the dugout.’
      • ‘Sometimes, he looks over at his dugout and sees his teammates looking at him, and he all but dares them to hurry him.’
  • 2A canoe made from a hollowed tree trunk.

    • ‘Sailing for 100 miles over seven days in a small dugout canoe with two local fishermen through the changeable waters of southwest Madagascar.’
    • ‘Tragedy was with us since the first dugouts and wooden framed, tar-cloth boats put out to sea, eventually reaching Ireland 8000 BC.’
    • ‘In this watery environment, the dugout canoe served the fishing and trading economies of the region, constituting the enterprise capital of its owner.’
    • ‘It is thought only the dugout canoe predates the coracle as a means of water travel.’
    • ‘The local people coexist nonchalantly with their sea cows and can't quite understand the fuss visitors make about them, but are happy to paddle you out in a dugout to see them.’
    • ‘This doesn't have to be of the ‘five hours in a dugout canoe, followed by a nine-hour trek’ variety, either.’
    • ‘Labyrinths of shallow waterways, secret islands and lily-filled lagoons are negotiated by game drive vehicles, light aircraft and the traditional mokoro - a dugout canoe carved from the jackal-berry tree.’
    • ‘My first activity of the day was to run the Eucalyptus trail twice round as the staff canoed to work and parked their dugout canoes in the reeds.’
    • ‘He dreads the day he may have to fold his fishing nets for good and haul his dugout canoe from the water for the last time.’
    • ‘Delighted, Jim produced a photograph of himself as a forestry officer, 90 years later, crossing those same rivers in a dugout canoe paddled by natives and clutching his rifle.’
    • ‘We paddled a dugout canoe across the river to the village burial ground, where the bodies of these tiny victims of the fossil fuel industry lay.’
    • ‘They also built European-style luggers and skiffs, and the pirogue, based on Indian dugout canoes.’
    • ‘Paddle a dugout canoe through virgin rainforest, walk the Great Wall of China or sail the Aleutian Islands.’
    • ‘Another is travelling in a mokoro, a dugout canoe like those the explorer used to reach the falls in 1855.’
    • ‘The daybed was originally a Polynesian dugout canoe, brilliantly transformed into a surreal and unlikely daybed by some strategically-placed padding and throw pillows - a perfect place for a New York heiress to take an afternoon siesta.’
    • ‘Some still make their own bows and arrows and carve dugout canoes from a single tree trunk.’
    • ‘At a glance it was like any anchorage in the Solomon Islands - smiling children paddling dugouts, pristine blue water and a pervasive ambience of relaxation.’
    • ‘It looks like a dugout canoe with squared ends, but is in fact a large brine storage tank, weighing over two tons.’
    • ‘The afternoon light was fading, and after some negotiations with the locals, I found myself in a dugout canoe being paddled around the edge of the lake near the crater walls that disappeared into the clear depths.’
    • ‘Every day little dugouts would skilfully intercept our boat, almost rolling in the wake before lashing on properly.’