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British English: /həʊl/
American English: /hoʊl/

Translation of hole in French:


  • 1 (in clothing, ground, hedge, pocket)
    trou (m) (in dans)
    to dig a hole
    creuser un trou
    the explosion blew a hole in the plane
    l'explosion a fait un trou dans l'avion
    this sweater is full of holes
    ce pull est tout troué
  • 4 (Automobile) (in road) (pothole)
    nid (m) de poule
    (man-made) trou (m)
  • 5 [figurative] (flaw) to pick holes in an argument
    repérer les failles d'un raisonnement
  • 7 (Ecology) a hole in the ozone layer
    un trou dans la couche d'ozone
  • 8 (financial) a big hole in profits
    un grand trou dans les bénéfices
    that holiday made a hole in my pocket
    ces vacances ont fait un trou dans mon budget
  • 9 [informal] (place) [pejorative]
    trou (m) [informal] [pejorative]
  • 10 (Sport) (golf) (all contexts) to get a hole in one
    faire un trou en un
    a nine-hole golf course
    un parcours de neuf trous
  • 11 (American English) (solitary confinement)
    trou (m) [informal]

transitive verb

  • 2 (Nautical)
    (iceberg, reef)
    faire une brèche dans (ship)
  • 3 (Sport) (golf) to hole the ball ou shot ou putt
    rentrer la balle, faire le trou (in en)

intransitive verb

  • (Sport) (in golf)
    faire or terminer le trou


to be 10 dollars in the hole

(American English)
en être de 10 dollars [informal]

to get oneself into a hole

se fourrer dans le pétrin [informal]

to get somebody out of a hole

tirer quelqu'un du pétrin [informal]

I needed that like I need a hole in the head [informal]!

il ne me manquait plus que ça!

Phrasal verbs

hole out

(in golf)
finir le parcours (in en)

hole up

se terrer
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