I ain't ever met a person yet was satisfied with the hole they was in.

Charmed, old man; deuced pally of you to stay by us down in that hole, you know.

He dug a hole and he covered it with branches and leaves and a little grass.

At about noon we found some water in a gully by scratching a hole, but it was quite salt.

There was plenty of water in the hole, which is about six feet deep.

Papa was the Pussycat and she was the little mouse in her hole under the bed-clothes.

Such is the story of the hole which you have marked, and of the smudge upon the wood.

"Don't put me in the hole," said Moxy, now using the definite article.

What he wanted was an assurance that he would not be put in the hole.

The boiler leaked at nearly every hole where a tap had been screwed into it.


Old English hol "orifice, hollow place, cave, perforation," from Proto-Germanic *hul (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Old High German hol, Middle Dutch hool, Old Norse holr, German hohl "hollow," Gothic us-hulon "to hollow out"), from PIE root *kel- (see cell).

As a contemptuous word for "small dingy lodging or abode" it is attested from 1610s. Meaning "a fix, scrape, mess" is from 1760. Obscene slang use for "vulva" is implied from mid-14c. Hole in the wall "small and unpretentious place" is from 1822; to hole up first recorded 1875. To need (something) like a hole in the head, applied to something useless or detrimental, first recorded 1944 in entertainment publications, probably a translation of a Yiddish expression, cf. ich darf es vi a loch in kop.


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