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noun [countable] hole pronunciation in American English /hoʊl/
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  1. 1
    a space dug in the surface of the ground
    Workers dug a 30-foot hole in the ground.
    rabbit/mouse hole: a field containing several rabbit holes
  2. 2
    a space in the surface of something that goes partly or completely through it
    hole in: All my socks have holes in them.
    a gaping hole (=a very large hole): Rain poured through a gaping hole in the roof.
    riddled with holes (=completely covered with holes): The tank was riddled with bullet holes.
  3. 3
    a part of something such as an idea or explanation where an important detail is missing
    His argument was full of holes.
    hole in: There is an obvious hole in the law covering drunk drivers.
  4. 4
    informal an unpleasant or dirty place
    This town is a real hole.



a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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