The definition of cahoots means to be in a secret partnership.noun
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Slang partnership; league: chiefly in phrase , in league (with): usually applied to questionable dealing or to conspiracy
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plural noun Informal
Questionable collaboration; secret partnership: an accountant in cahoots with organized crime.
Origin: Perhaps from French cahute, cabin, from Old French, possibly blend of cabane; see cabin, and hutte; see hut.
cahoots - Phrases/Idioms
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