Cahoots meaning

kə-ho͝ots
Questionable collaboration; secret partnership.

An accountant in cahoots with organized crime.

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Partnership; league.
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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.

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Origin of cahoots

  • Perhaps from French cahute cabin from Old French possibly blend of cabane cabin and hutte hut

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • This word was first used in popular English literature sometime before 1829. It comes perhaps from French cahute (“cabin”), from Old French, possibly blend of cabane (“cabin”), and hutte (“hut”). Also thought to be from French cohorte.

    From Wiktionary