Definition of cahoots in English:


plural noun

informalin phrase in cahoots
  • Colluding or conspiring together secretly.

    ‘the area is dominated by guerrillas in cahoots with drug traffickers’
    • ‘Together they connive in cahoots and scheme to create the world's worst musical, a guaranteed catastrophic dog of a show.’
    • ‘With their regular penchant for not only making political mischief, they now appear to be in cahoots together by dispatching letters which do not appear to make any rational sense.’
    • ‘The mystical and the managerial are secretly in cahoots.’
    • ‘But he scoffed at conspiracy theories suggesting government, corporations and media conglomerates are in cahoots.’
    • ‘They never have to meet or conspire but they are still in cahoots.’
    • ‘Sometimes it seems that the software and hardware industry are in cahoots with each other, conspiring against you and your budget.’
    • ‘Each section revolves around a different theme, together revealing the power and arrogance of political leaders in cahoots with corporate capital.’
    • ‘But the grabbers, in cahoots with lower-level officials, prove the land is in their physical possession, not the government's.’
    • ‘Why would she have to be in cahoots with anybody?’
    • ‘But she now saw it as symbolic: she had entered the unromantic period of her life, and because her daughter had helped her father choose the dish, she was in cahoots with him.’
    • ‘And she realized that Laura and this other woman were in cahoots.’
    • ‘It fears an army of cowboy estate agents and property companies working in cahoots with financial advisers could shortly place the pensions of millions of employees at risk.’
    • ‘There is also the DC area sniper to think about, but there's no evidence he's a foreigner or in cahoots with another nation.’
    • ‘Are these men in cahoots with the car parts dealers?’
    • ‘He did this in cahoots with people from the refinery.’
    • ‘If folks know that the media are in cahoots with the cops, then surely they'll deliver a solid beating to anyone recording their nefarious deeds.’
    • ‘I just wanted to know if you think that maybe he's in cahoots with somebody, if he has somebody maybe working with him on the side.’
    • ‘What's happening is that the ushers and seat fillers are in cahoots.’
    • ‘It's a case of each side playing to the other's appetite, as though the candidates and the cameras were in cahoots.’
    • ‘I reckoned that they were probably in cahoots with each other.’
    in league, colluding, in collusion, conspiring, conniving, collaborating, hand in glove, allied, in alliance


Early 19th century (originally US): of unknown origin.