Definition of rathole in English:
1 informal A cramped or squalid room or building.
- And not just ratholes; ratholes without a washing machine or air conditioning.
- The illness is key to the film's basic structure, careening between Hughes's high-flying grandiose business exploits and the suffocating rathole of his phobic hell.
- I've looked at a number of places, both share situations and solo one-bedrooms, and I've discovered that lots of folks pay a whole lot of money to live in ratholes.
2North American informal Used to refer to the waste of money or resources: pouring our assets down the rathole of military expenditure
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- ‘If taxpayers were aware that a good chunk of their taxes were going down the rathole into these subsidies, they'd be marching on the Mall,’ said Myers in an interview.
- This is not to say that more money might not make the difference, but the system is not binary, and we could well just be pouring more US money down a bottomless rathole.
- It's rather appropriate that the logo for Disney is a mouse, because The Walt Disney Company this week announced its intention to throw money down a rathole.
verb[with object] North American informal Back to top
Words that rhyme with ratholegirandole • manhole
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