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This word was first used in popular English literature sometime before 1829.[1] 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, or a slang form of English cohort in the meaning "accomplice."



cahoots pl ‎(plural only)

  1. Collusion or collaboration to nefarious ends.
    Being frustrated or up in cahoots.
    They probably give it back to him; they're all in cahoots.Rabbit at Rest, John Updike

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  • 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).

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  1. ^ Date "Cahoots" was first used in popular English literature: sometime before 1829