hole


hole
hole [hōl]
n.
[ME < OE hol, orig. neut. of adj. holh, hollow, akin to Ger hohl < IE base * kaul-, *kul-, hollow, hollow stalk > L caulis, Gr kaulos, stalk]
1. a hollow or hollowed-out place; cavity; specif.,
a) an excavation or pit
b) a small bay or inlet; cove: often in place names
c) a pool or deep, relatively wide place in a stream [a swimming hole]
d) an animal's burrow or lair; den
2. a small, dingy, squalid place; any dirty, badly lighted room, house, etc.
3.
a) an opening in or through anything; break; gap [a hole in the wall]
b) a tear or rent, or a place where fabric is worn away, as in a garment
4. a flaw; fault; blemish; defect [holes in an argument]
5. Informal an embarrassing situation or position; predicament
6. Golf
a) a small, cylindrical cup sunk into a green, into which a ball is to be hit
b) any of the distinct sections of a course, including the tee, the fairway, and the green [played the fifth hole in par]
7. Physics, ElectronicsPhysics Electronics a vacancy in a semiconductor, crystal, etc. left by the loss or absence of an electron: in some semiconductors it acts as a carrier of a positive electric charge
vt.
holed, holing
1. to make a hole or holes in
2. to put, hit, or drive into a hole
3. to create by making a hole [to hole a tunnel through a mountain]
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burn a hole in someone's pocket
to make someone eager to spend it: said of money
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hole high
Golf at a spot on or near the green that is as far as the hole is from where the ball was hit
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hole in one
Golf the act of getting the ball into the hole on the shot from the tee
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hole out
Golf to hit the ball into the hole
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hole up Informal
1. to hibernate, usually in a hole
2. to shut oneself in
3. to hide out
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☆ in the hole
1. Informal financially embarrassed or behind [fifty dollars in the hole]
2. dealt face down: said of a card or cards in stud poker
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make a hole in
to use up a sizable amount of
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pick holes in
to pick out errors or flaws in
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the hole
1. Informal SOLITARY CONFINEMENT; also, a cell used for solitary confinement
2. Baseball the area of the infield between the third baseman and the shortstop or between the second baseman and the first baseman
SYN.- HOLE is the general word for an open space in a thing and may suggest a depression in a surface or an opening from surface to surface [a hole in the ground, a hole in a sock ]; HOLLOW basically suggests an empty space within a solid body, whether or not it extends to the surface, but it may also be applied to a depressed place in a surface [a wooded hollow]; CAVITY, the Latin-derived equivalent of HOLLOW, has special application in formal and scientific usage [the thoracic cavity]; an EXCAVATION is a hollow made in or through ground by digging [the excavations at Pompeii ]

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