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rabbit hole

Syllabification: rab·bit hole

Definition of rabbit hole in English:

noun

1A rabbit’s burrow: a heather-covered hillside full of rabbit holes
More example sentences
  • Rex went out and again we heard him barking: this time he was almost fully down the rabbit hole.
  • He injured his ankle within 30 seconds of City's first training session at their Scottish training camp, twisting it in a rabbit hole.
  • At least at his size he should not get stuck in a rabbit hole.
2Used to refer to a bizarre, confusing, or nonsensical situation or environment, typically one from which it is difficult to extricate oneself: he’ll continue fearmongering to promote his agenda no matter how far down the rabbit hole it takes him
[with allusion to Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865), which describes how Alice enters a land of magic and strange logic by falling down a rabbit hole]
More example sentences
  • We really have no idea whether it's legitimate or not, and we don't want to go down the rabbit hole of global monetary conspiracies.
  • Scurry down the rabbit hole of speculation about who would win, Man U or England, and you're in danger of never returning.
  • He seems to view this as a deep problem with economic theory, referring repeatedly to the rabbit hole into which free traders have fallen.

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