hole up



From hole +‎ up. Attested from the 19th century.


hole up (third-person singular simple present holes up, present participle holing up, simple past and past participle holed up)

  1. (intransitive) To go into a hole, to shelter in a hole.
    • 1998, John Whitaker and William Hamilton, Mammals of the Eastern United States[1], page 424:
      In the Upper Peninsula of Michigan bears enter winter dens in October; in the South, later; even in Florida bears “hole up” during the coldest weather.
  2. (originally US, intransitive) To hide.
    The guerrillas holed up in a small cave.
    • 2005, BBC News, Thursday, 27 January, 2005, 18:50 GMT[2]:
      The battle ended a two-day siege of an apartment block, where the suspects were holed up.