n.— «Rubs (in Vermont, they are frequently referred to as “hookings”) and scrapes are signposts for other deer that a buck has passed through or is holding up, nearby, in the area.» —“Examining the three Ps of deer hunting” by Dennis Jensen Rutland Herald (Vermont) Nov. 11, 2007. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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  1. Interesting phrase, that: “holding up”. Is this in common use? I had the (possibly mistaken) impression that an animal or person that was hiding in a given area was said to be “holing up”, i.e. finding and lurking in any available holes.

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