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    Hello.

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    hole - Definition from Longman English Dictionary Online
    hole up [phrasal verb]
    to hide somewhere for a period of time
    hole up in/with/at
    - The gunmen are still holed up in the town.


    Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
    hole up [phrasal verb] informal : to stay in a place hidden or apart from other people
    - The criminals holed up in a downtown motel for a few days.
    - The band holed up in the recording studio to record their album.
    You can hole up in a place or be/stay holed up in a place.
    - The band was/stayed holed up in the recording studio.
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    The gunmen are still holed up in the town.
    Can I say, "The gunmen are still holing up in the town"? Do the sentences mean the same thing?

    Thank you.

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    I'm not sure about the rules here, but as a native speaker I must say that I have never heard it used that way. It doesn't sound quite right to me.

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    Hope this explanation is relevant

    [b] A similar pseudo-passive is used with verbs of posture:
    Grandfather was sat in the rocking chair.
    I've been stood here for about ten minutes.

    In this case,the construction is largely synonymous with,though less common than,the progressive construction: was sitting, have been standing, etc.

    Source: A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language by Quirk et al. P.170

    Also from one of many sample sentences in http://www.americancorpus.org/

    Date 1992 (19921217)
    Title Marines Deliver Food Beyond Baidoa, Trouble Reported Elsewhere
    Author By TINA SUSMAN, Associated Press Writer
    Source Associated Press

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    troops to reach Kismayo and Bardera in the last stages of Operation Restore Hope after first moving north from Baidoa. # In Baidoa, Marines began foot patrols through town, attracting flocks of children. # Few weapons have been displayed openly in Baidoa since the Marines' arrival, but they still are being used. A cameraman for VisNews had his camera stolen today by three teen-agers with AK-47s who surrounded him as he filmed children at a feeding center. # Still, the situation is far from the chaos of the last few weeks, when aid workers were holing up in their compounds at night for fear of looters. # Some 530 Marines and 140 French paratroopers arrived in Baidoa Wednesday. Within hours, they declared Baidoa's airport and the road from Mogadishu secured. Later, they escorted a truck carrying a small amount of food to a Baidoa orphanage. # Today, the Marines learned firsthand of Baidoa's dismal conditions. Rain overnight turned the town into a giant, mosquito-infested mud puddle, and hundreds of troops at the airport were without tents. #
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    The gunmen are still holed up in the town.
    Can I say, "The gunmen are still holing up in the town"? Do the sentences mean the same thing?

    Thank you.
    You could. but I agree that it sounds strange.

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    - The criminals holed up in a downtown motel for a few days.
    Would it be better to say, "The criminals were holed up..."?

    - The band holed up in the recording studio to record their album.
    Would it be better to say, "The band was holed up..."?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    - The criminals holed up in a downtown motel for a few days.
    Would it be better to say, "The criminals were holed up..."?

    - The band holed up in the recording studio to record their album.
    Would it be better to say, "The band was holed up..."?
    Yes, I'd say so.

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