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Meaning: (in phrase in cahoots) in collusion; working together secretly

For example:

  • The cops and the big drug dealers here work in cahoots, and they make a lot of money out of the drug trade.

  • Michael says that big pharmaceutical companies are in cahoots with government agencies that regulate medicines, and a lot of research that highlights dangerous side-effects is deliberately ignored.

Note: The term "cahoots" is not used alone. It is found only in the phrases "in cahoots" and "in cahoots with".

Quick Quiz:

Many people suspect that some customs officers are in cahoots with people who
  1. study local traditions and customs
  2. smuggle protected animals and birds
  3. work for wildlife protection groups

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