from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A bank or ridge of snow which has been heaped up across a road by passing sleighs, leaving a corresponding depression behind; hence, a surface-undulation or ridge-like inequality which, with the corresponding depression, is known in the United States as a ‘thank-you-ma'am.’
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Overcome by drink, asleep in the snow, they silently, but vigorously seized hold of him with an iron grip; a cahot and physical pain having restored him to consciousness, he devoutly crossed himself, and, presto! was hurled into another snow-drift.
We are in a cahot and must get our cariole out of it as best we can!