"That's a great deal to make one word mean," Alice said in a thoughtful tone. "When I make a word do a lot of work like that," said Humpty Dumpty, "I always pay it extra."

Thursday, 8 April 2010

In cahoots

A cahoot was an American word for a company or partnership - first recorded in 1829 and of unknown origin. The phrase 'in cahoots' is still in common usage and means in partnership.


  1. In American slang, the word cahoots has unsavoury connotations, and implies a partnership with a hidden agenda. As in "the bank manager was in cahoots with the bank robbers."
    Canadian Chickadee

  2. I should have picked up on that - it has a similar connotation in the UK!