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noun [countable] hole pronunciation in British English /həʊl/
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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 grassy bank containing several rabbit holes

  2. 2
    in golf, a small space in the ground for hitting the ball into. The 9 or 18 sections of a golf course are also called holes.
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  3. 3
    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.

  4. 4
    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 pension funds.

  5. 5
    informal an unpleasant or dirty place

    This town is a hole.

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