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rabbit hole Syllabification: rab·bit hole

Definition of rabbit hole in English:


1A rabbit’s burrow: a heather-covered hillside full of rabbit holes
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  • At least at his size he should not get stuck in a rabbit hole.
  • An army bomb squad was scrambled to dispose of an unexploded mortar shell found poking out of a rabbit hole.
  • The rabbit holes are covered with small nets fixed to the ground with a small wooden peg.
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]
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  • I got lost down a rabbit hole of websites dedicated to papercraft, or the art of folding bits of paper into striking art.
  • In his acceptance speech, he said he's afraid that America is going down a rabbit hole.
  • Another even more baffling excursion down the rabbit hole of ponderous pretense is the next track, "Live Trap".
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