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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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 5
    informal an unpleasant or dirty place
    This town is a hole.

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