Definition of foxhole in English:



  • 1The den or burrow of a fox.

    • ‘The two-year-old Patterdale terrier was trapped in a network of foxholes.’
    • ‘Today's owner is more likely to pull the dog off the couch than out of a fox hole.’
    • ‘This album has the urgency of a Jack Russell at a foxhole.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A dog trapped in a foxhole for two days was rescued by firemen using a £20,000 thermal imaging camera.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We are not fighting an enemy at 300 meters from a foxhole; we are standing at checkpoints, walking through urban areas, and clearing rooms.’
    • ‘They sleep in the same barracks, eat in the same dining facilities, and fight from the same foxholes and tanks.’
    • ‘Signal operations include managing and controlling information networks from the sustaining base to the foxhole.’
    • ‘Later, soldiers man their foxholes and listen as more artillery is heard hitting a town they may soon pass through.’
    • ‘I only came out of it when an outstanding NCO made me move from my foxhole to another one.’
    • ‘The days of sitting in a prepared foxhole on a range and shooting targets at known distances is over.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘During the day, they dug foxholes, strung wire, and filled sandbags, because site defense is never complete.’
    • ‘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 dug foxholes, built small huts, and settled in for five months.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 2.1A place of refuge or concealment.
      • ‘The unemployed dad says the letter's author should come out of their "foxhole" and face him.’
      • ‘Eventually, the car gets momentum and speeds off toward the condemned apartment - her foxhole.’
      • ‘"Customers are coming out of the foxholes," says the CFO of a Milwaukee maker of computerized manufacturing gear.’
      • ‘The current paralysis in government demands the kind of leadership that brings lawmakers out of their foxholes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A further price spike followed by a sudden sell-off could spook corporate CEOs, sending them scurrying back to their foxholes.’
      • ‘The great thing about this organization is when we dig a foxhole, we dig it big enough for everybody to get in.’
      • ‘He is urging chief executives to emerge from their "corporate foxholes" and take on their growing band of critics.’
      • ‘The murderer had been hiding out in a number of foxholes in the countryside when he was discovered.’
      • ‘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.’
      refuge, retreat, bolt-hole, foxhole, hideout, hiding place, hideaway, study, den
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Old English: from fox + hole; the military sense arose during World War I.