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)¦
8 hole in one
9 make a hole in something
10 be in a hole
11 be in the hole
12 need/want something like a hole in the head
[: Old English; Origin: hol]
an empty space in something solid
hole in
There was a huge hole in the road.
I began digging a hole for the plant.
a space in something solid that allows light or things to pass through
hole in
They climbed through a hole in the fence.
These socks are full of holes .
bullet holes (=made by bullets)
a place where someone or something should be, but is missing
hole 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.
the home of a small animal
a rabbit hole
6.) ¦(UNPLEASANT PLACE)¦ informal
an 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 golf
b) one part of a ↑golf course with this kind of hole at one end
8.) hole in one
when someone hits the ball in golf from the starting place into the hole with only one hit
9.) make a hole in sth informal
to 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 informal
to be in a difficult situation
11.) be in the hole
AmE spoken to owe money
I was something like $16,000 in the hole already.
12.) need/want sth like a hole in the head
spoken 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 atace1 (7), ↑black hole,square peg in a round hole atsquare1 (12), ↑watering hole
HINT sense 1
Do not say there is a hole on something. Say there is a hole in something.
hole 2
hole2 v
1.) [I and T]
to hit the ball into a hole in golf
He holed the putt with ease.
2.) be holed
if a ship is holed, something makes a hole in it
hole out phr v
to hit the ball into a hole in golf
hole up phr v
to hide somewhere for a period of time
hole up in/with/at
The gunmen are still holed up in the town.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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