Definition of foxhole in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfäksˌhōl/


1The den or burrow of a fox.
Example sentences
  • A dog trapped in a foxhole for two days was rescued by firemen using a £20,000 thermal imaging camera.
  • One day the dog hunted an animal into a foxhole.
  • Look around the places where you know animals live such as badger setts, foxholes, and rabbit burrows: around these place you may find tracks and droppings.
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
  • A further price spike followed by a sudden sell-off could spook corporate CEOs, sending them scurrying back to their foxholes.
  • "Customers are coming out of the foxholes," says the CFO of a Milwaukee maker of computerized manufacturing gear.
  • Eventually, the car gets momentum and speeds off toward the condemned apartment - her foxhole.


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

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Syllabification: fox·hole

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