- hole1 W2S1 [həul US houl] n▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(space in something solid)¦2¦(space something can go through)¦3¦(empty place)¦4¦(weak part)¦5¦(animal's home)¦6¦(unpleasant place)¦7¦(golf)¦8 hole in one9 make a hole in something10 be in a hole11 be in the hole12 need/want something like a hole in the head▬▬▬▬▬▬▬[: Old English; Origin: hol]1.) ¦(SPACE IN SOMETHING SOLID)¦an empty space in something solidhole in▪ There was a huge hole in the road.▪ I began digging a hole for the plant.2.) ¦(SPACE SOMETHING CAN GO THROUGH)¦a space in something solid that allows light or things to pass throughhole in▪ They climbed through a hole in the fence.▪ These socks are full of holes .▪ bullet holes (=made by bullets)3.) ¦(EMPTY PLACE)¦a place where someone or something should be, but is missinghole in▪ Their departure will leave a gaping hole in Grand Prix racing.4.) ¦(WEAK PART)¦a weak part or fault in something such as an idea or plan▪ The theory is full of holes .hole in▪ If you have holes in your game, work on them.5.) ¦(ANIMAL'S HOME)¦the home of a small animal▪ a rabbit hole6.) ¦(UNPLEASANT PLACE)¦ informalan unpleasant place▪ I've got to get out of this hole.7.) ¦(GOLF)¦a) a hole in the ground that you try to get the ball into in the game of golfb) one part of a ↑golf course with this kind of hole at one end8.) hole in onewhen someone hits the ball in golf from the starting place into the hole with only one hit9.) make a hole in sth informalto use a large part of an amount of money, food etc▪ Holidays can make a big hole in your savings.10.) be in a hole informalto be in a difficult situation11.) be in the holeAmE spoken to owe money▪ I was something like $16,000 in the hole already.12.) need/want sth like a hole in the headspoken used to say that you definitely do not need or want something▪ I need this conversation like a hole in the head.→ace in the hole at ↑ace1 (7), ↑black hole,square peg in a round hole at ↑square1 (12), ↑watering hole▬▬▬▬▬▬▬HINT sense 1Do not say there is a hole on something. Say there is a hole in something.▬▬▬▬▬▬▬hole 2hole2 v1.) [I and T]to hit the ball into a hole in golf▪ He holed the putt with ease.2.) be holedif a ship is holed, something makes a hole in ithole out phr vto hit the ball into a hole in golfhole up phr vto hide somewhere for a period of timehole up in/with/at▪ The gunmen are still holed up in the town.
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.