cahoots (in cahoots) - in a partnership, usually conspiratorial
This morning while mining interesting words on-line, I came across "cahoots," used exclusively as the object of the preposition "in." "In cahoots" could be either an adverb or adjective phrase depending on the part of speech of the word being modified in the sentence. (I know what you're thinking, "Oh geez, she really is an English teacher.) No matter. I chose the word (phrase) simply because I haven't heard it used in a while, and I am wondering why as clearly, it is still relevant. For instance about five minutes ago on Twitter, I read a commentary on the political situation regarding Russia. Although this is breaking news, Russian agents have been accused of acting in cahoots to undermine our system of democratic elections. Just yesterday, as a result, POTUS Biden slapped sanctions on Russia. There are many more current events that involve people working in cahoots. Why? Human nature. Often minds conspire to conjure up controversy when they should really be concentrating on conjuring solutions to controversies. In a perfect world, "in cahoots" might not even be in the English lexicon. But it is and somehow we must all rise above it.
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