in the cahoots

in the cahoots


  • to do something in hiding or secret because it is morally or socially not acceptable
  • in league, but usually referred as a negative thing
  • a disreputable partnership

Example Sentences

  1. It is usually the close circle of celebrities who are in the cahoots with the paparazzi. This is how celebrity outings are caught on tape so often.
  2. The lawyer was in the cahoots with the criminal in this case. It is unfortunate that they won the case.
  3. The businessman bought the stocks after market in the cahoots with some dealers who promised to get him rid of black money.
  4. It is speculated that the man was in the cahoots with the killer of his wife but the police have no evidence to back this claim yet.
  5. She is in the cahoots with her family to show him down.
  6. Premier league players are in the cahoots with big business houses for more deals than just endorsing their products.
  7. It has been suspected that several football players were in the cahoots with big business houses.


The word cahoots is speculated to come from the French word ‘cahute’ meaning hut or cabin. The phrase is hence speculated to come from deals taking place in closed and hidden environments. The literary origin of this phrase cannot be traced accurately.


To go cahoots – although this phrase is used for partnerships in a positive light.

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