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Synonyms of hole in English:


  • 1 there was a hole in the roof where the tiles had fallen away
    break, crack, leak, rift, rupture;
    puncture, perforation, cut, incision, split, gash, rent, slit, cleft, crevice, fissure;
    Medicine  foramen
    archaic loophole
  • 2 they were digging a hole in the ground
    pit, ditch, trench, cavity, crater, depression, hollow;
    cave, cavern, pothole, chamber, gorge, chasm, canyon, ravine
  • 3 they dug the badger out of his hole
    burrow, lair, den, covert, earth, sett, drey, retreat, shelter, cave
  • 4 the captives were thrown into a black hole
    dungeon, cell, underground cell, oubliette, prison
  • 5 a recent article highlighted some holes in their argument
    flaw, fault, defect, weakness, weak point, shortcoming, inconsistency, discrepancy, loophole, error, mistake, fallacy
  • 6 informal I was living in a real hole
    hovel, slum, shack, mess
    informal dump, dive, pigsty, tip, joint
    [Antonyms] palace
  • 7 informal they have been known to embezzle their clients' money when they are in a hole See predicament
  • Phrases

    pick holes in
    informal it's really not too difficult to pick holes in the plan
    [Antonyms] praise
    find fault with, criticize, attack, condemn;
    British informal slag off, have a go at, rubbish


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  • a fuel tank was holed by the attack and a fire started
    puncture, make a hole in, perforate, pierce, penetrate, rupture, spike, stab, split, slit, rent, lacerate, gash, gore
  • Phrases

    hole up
  • 1 it was getting time for the bears to hole up
    hibernate, lie dormant, winter, overwinter, lie torpid, go to sleep
  • 2 informal the snipers holed up in a nearby farmhouse
    hide, hide out, hide oneself, conceal oneself, secrete oneself, shelter, take cover, lie low, go to ground, go to earth, go underground
    British informal lie doggo
    [Antonyms] come out into the open
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