The definition of cahoots means to be in a secret partnership.
The relationship that President Bush said was between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda is an example of being in cahoots.
Slang partnership; league: chiefly in phrase in cahoots (with), in league (with): usually applied to questionable dealing or to conspiracy
Origin of cahoots; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
Questionable collaboration; secret partnership: an accountant in cahoots with organized crime.
Origin of cahootsPerhaps from French cahute, cabin, from Old French, possibly blend of cabane; see cabin, and hutte; see hut.
- Cahoots is only used in the phrases "in cahoots" (for collusion within a group), "in cahoots with" (for collusion between two or more parties) and, more rarely, "go cahoots" (share equally in an expense or become partners) and "go in cahoots" (become partners).