Green’s Dictionary of Slang

hole up v.

also hole, hole in
[SE hole up, (of an animal) to retire to a hole for hibernation or security]

to take up residence, with a possible but not invariable implication of hiding away or taking refuge.

Burroughs Winter Sunshine 279: I was compelled to ‘hole up’ in my state room.
[US]J.C. Duval Adventures of Jack Dobell 44: I had a great inclination to ‘hole up’ myself.
[US]S.E. White Arizona Nights 12: After the rain that had held us holed up at the Double River.
[UK]Boy’s Own Paper XL:3 148: Holed up like a bear ’till the storm blowed by, didn’t yo, pardner?
[US]D. Hammett ‘The Tenth Clew’ in Continental Op (1975) 33: He’ll be holed up somewhere until he sees how things are going.
[US]J. Conroy World to Win 325: You soon came back to your milk when you had decided to hole up down in Roosevelt Roost.
[US]Mezzrow & Wolfe Really the Blues 320: I was holed up with my boys Travis and Frankie Ward.
[US]‘Blackie’ Audett Rap Sheet 66: We holed in a motel outside Pueblo and cut up the money.
[US]Mad mag. Nov.–Dec. 36: Doc Holliday is holed up in hotel room with girlfriend, Kate.
[US]C. Himes Imabelle 52: Tell us where they’re holed up.
[US]W. Brown Teen-Age Mafia 25: He’d passed the corner where the mark was holed in.
[US]C. Himes Rage in Harlem (1969) 53: [as 1957].
[US]C. McFadden Serial 96: Harv holes up and reads about earwigs.
[US]T. Wolfe Bonfire of the Vanities 527: I’m holed up in my apartment and Park Avenue is occupied by a mob waiting to kill me.
[US]S. Morgan Homeboy 78: No one knows we’re holed here.
[US]Simon & Burns Corner (1998) 428: You try to make it on your own, holing up in some basement with an old blanket wrapped around you, fighting the sickness in solitude.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett Goodoo Goodoo 258: And you’ve been holed up here in Amethyst Bay ever since.
[UK]Indep. Rev. 21 Jan. 7: A mother of three, is holed up in the working class enclave of Glenbryn.
[Aus]L. Redhead Peepshow [ebook] We holed up in the room and fucked.
[US]T. Dorsey Atomic Lobster 86: Got excellent photos of the room where the main characters holed up before Eddie wigged.
[Scot]L. McIlvanney All the Colours 104: [I]t felt safer to hole up in the Whip and Saddle Bar.
M. Cebula ‘Larry’s Proposal’ in ThugLit Mar. [ebook] He knew he was in a bad spot, that he should hole up somewhere.
[Scot]I. Welsh Decent Ride 31: You jist stey holed up in the Balmoral till it aw blaws ower.
[Aus]D. Whish-Wilson Old Scores [ebook] [He] holed himself up in a logger’s shack.
[US]D. Winslow ‘Broken’ in Broken 22: ‘No one knows where he holes up’.