Lexicographer Ben Zimmer on the etymology of in cahoots.

The Origins of In Cahoots: Four Theories

The Origins of In Cahoots: Four Theories

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Mike Vuolo and Bob Garfield discuss the etymology and history of the phrase in cahoots with Wall Street Journal language columnist Ben Zimmer. For more on the word, visit Zimmer's Word Routes column on Vocabulary.com.

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