from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Company or partnership: as, to go in cahoot with a person.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Slang, southwestern U. S. Partnership; league. Usually used in the plural, and in modern usage often used to imply that the joint effort is unethical, shady, questionable, or illegal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To act in partnership.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun collusion


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  • 'Used in the South and West to denote a company, or partnership’ (Bartlett). Freq. in pl., esp. in phr. "in cahoot(s) (with)": in league or partnership (with).

    Hence cahoot (verb): to act in partnership.

    February 14, 2007

  • “You two backing up each other’s alibis means bupkis. You're canoodling and cahooting—and you’re cahooting to kill.”

    —Emerson in Pushing Daisies episode Robbing Hood

    December 28, 2009