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foxhole Syllabification: fox·hole
Pronunciation: /ˈfäksˌhōl/

Definition of foxhole in English:


1The den or burrow of a fox.
Example sentences
  • The two-year-old Patterdale terrier was trapped in a network of foxholes.
  • Today's owner is more likely to pull the dog off the couch than out of a fox hole.
  • A Jack Russell who decided to investigate the fox hole at the back of her garden had to be rescued by fire fighters after getting stuck 3 metres below the earth.
2A hole in the ground used by troops as a shelter against enemy fire or as a firing point.
Example sentences
  • With his group completely surrounded and cut off, he moved from foxhole to foxhole exposing himself to enemy fire, giving instructions and offering encouragement to his men.
  • Ernie Pyle, a reporter who eschewed the safety of command posts and made a niche for himself in the foxholes of the frontline troops during World War II, died 59 years ago on his way to another battle.
  • This can greatly increase the range and lethality of the weapon system by denying enemy troops the protection of foxholes and bunkers unless they have substantial overhead cover.
2.1A place of refuge or concealment.
Example sentences
  • The current paralysis in government demands the kind of leadership that brings lawmakers out of their foxholes.
  • I don't know about other folks but when I hear 'bipartisan' these days, I reach for my wallet and start looking for a foxhole.
  • I personally would hate to be driven down into a foxhole - tapping on my keyboard, afraid even to open my postal mail or cross a local bridge.


Old English: from fox + hole; the military sense arose during World War I.

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