Definition of hideaway in US English:



  • A place used as a retreat or a hiding place.

    ‘an intimate hideaway overlooking the bay’
    • ‘Harsh persecution pushed many Anabaptists underground and into rural hideaways.’
    • ‘Very young children often have secret hideaways where they go to seek solitude.’
    • ‘Feeling lazy, I left the walking boots to moulder in the cupboard to just take advantage of the hotel, an old coaching inn which dates from 1750 and was once a hideaway for smugglers.’
    • ‘The area includes the resorts of Magaluf, Palma Nova and Santa Ponca, as well as several upmarket whitewashed hill villages that have become hideaways for wealthy businessmen and foreigners.’
    • ‘Asked how he has managed to evade capture by the Russians for so long, he explained that he has twelve secret hideaways, each furnished with enough provisions and supplies to last twenty men for two weeks.’
    • ‘That conversation may have taken place at one of their favourite hideaways, an alcove off King's Park, Dalkeith, known locally as the China Gardens.’
    • ‘He must have picked this street as a hideaway as it is so quiet and such a safe place to live.’
    • ‘In some sad cases, architectural treasures have fallen into disrepair and even ruin; in others, the buildings have found a new role at the start of the 21st century, often as luxury hideaways.’
    • ‘There are also some very pricey hideaways in the neighboring islands of the archipelago favoured by the jet set.’
    • ‘He withdrew from Hollywood and retreated to a desert hideaway near Las Vegas.’
    • ‘Follow our writers to the most remote hideaways on earth, from the Sahara to the wilds of Scotland’
    • ‘From large resorts to secluded waterfront hideaways you will find the perfect place for your vacation, plus friendly locals to make it memorable.’
    • ‘A group of outdoors enthusiasts who built secret cabins on Mount Fromme and have been using them for the past 15 years are crying foul over a North Vancouver District plan to tear down their forest hideaways.’
    • ‘Reptiles are venturing out from their winter hideaways.’
    • ‘So why spend all your time heading to the usual crowded places when you could be creating unforgettable memories at any one of the island's many romantic hideaways?’
    • ‘I headed past the impenetrable chateaux to one of the most glamorous hideaways on the whole coast - the Grand Hotel du Cap-Ferrat.’
    • ‘Many of the top resorts are found up and down the east coast, though such has been the massive explosion in this island's popularity in recent years that you can now find glitzy hideaways almost everywhere.’
    • ‘Little Cayman has to be one of the most peaceful hideaways in the Caribbean.’
    • ‘The mountainous islet of Meganisi is one of the loveliest hideaways in the Ionian Sea.’
    • ‘I love the way the topography lends itself to creating secret hideaways where guests can sit down and enjoy the views in seclusion.’
    retreat, refuge, hiding place, hideout, den, shelter, sanctuary, sanctum, hermitage, cache, bolt-hole, lair, nest, nook
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  • Designed to be concealed when not in use.

    ‘a hideaway bed’
    • ‘Sean slept on a hideaway couch.’
    • ‘Cut close to the body to minimize bulk, it also has a hideaway hood and cozy pockets, inside and out.’
    • ‘The home features a bedroom and bath with a double bed plus a hideaway bed and sits just 20 feet from a restaurant.’
    • ‘Nice touches: 28 (highway)/20 (city) mpg for the Touring edition, which also features a nine-inch DVD screen with wireless headsets, 17 cup holders, a hideaway lazy Susan, and a six-CD changer.’