Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


What is called a holing board is used to mark the places for the seed.

That which was regarded by our ancestors as a most amazing feat, namely, holing with the tee shot, has become exceeding common.

Everybody plays golf now and is always playing, and in such circumstances somebody must always be holing in 1, or very nearly.

Another advance on the simple feat of holing in one stroke is to do it twice within a year.

The boy understood perfectly well what was meant by the process of "holing."

Practically every one has experienced the difficulty of holing short puts, especially when the green is extremely keen.

To Shann's mind his own first plan of holing up back in the eastern mountains was better.

A few projectiles penetrating the engine or boiler rooms, or holing us at the water-line, would have settled the matter.

Light as was the steel, it had not come near to holing from a blow that stopped her dead from at least twelve miles an hour.

Pat says why not dismantle interior of rocket to find out where they're holing up?


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.