Definition of hole up in English:

hole up

phrasal verb

informal
  • Hide oneself.

    ‘I holed up for two days in a tiny cottage in Pennsylvania’
    • ‘I've come to the realization lately that I've been holing up in my apartment way too much for far too long.’
    • ‘The local garrison holed up in St Mary's Church and put up some tough opposition before falling to the superior Royalist forces.’
    • ‘Some 1,200 to 3,000 fighters were believed holed up in the city before the offensive.’
    • ‘Having robbed her boss's safe in order to get married, she holes up overnight at the sinister Bates motel.’
    • ‘Today's elk are under such pressure that once the season opens they tend to hole up in the thickest cover they can find.’
    • ‘But then there was also fear that a sniper had holed up in one of the buildings down there.’
    • ‘Police believe he might be holed up somewhere in southern California where he has a number of relatives.’
    • ‘I panicked at the thought of driving home and gave one fleeting thought to staying, to holing up in the car for the rest of the storm, like lovers on the run.’
    • ‘A Russion oil tycoon holes up in London after some dodgy dealings in his home country.’
    • ‘Special forces on Saturday besieging a house in the town, where five terror suspects were holed up.’
    hide, hide out, hide oneself, conceal oneself, secrete oneself, shelter, take cover, lie low, go to ground, go to earth, go underground
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