- 1A hollow place in a solid body or surface: the dog had dug a hole in the groundMore example sentences
- Transplant the seedlings in the normal manner by making a small hole through the surface mulch/manure and plant them into it.
- Jay mounded flour, made a hole in it, and dumped in a pinch of salt and then an egg.
- He's been out in the car park for the last couple of weeks, digging a big hole in the ground.
- 1.1An aperture passing through something: he had a hole in his sockMore example sentences
- Take a large sewing needle to puncture evenly spaced holes around the top and bottom of the shade.
- We worked along the steel wall passing large circular holes where the heavy brass portholes had once been.
- The roof is leaking, there are holes in the floor, the sewage pipes are broken, the heating doesn't work - there is no money in the kitty.
- 1.2A cavity or receptacle on a golf course, typically one of eighteen or nine, into which the ball must be hit.More example sentences
- Steve Ryser and Mike Franklin sunk a long putt each on holes nine and eighteen respectively.
- Lytham is a classic seaside links, nine flattish holes out, nine flattish holes in.
- This usually occurs on short putts as golfers try to steer the ball toward the hole.
- 1.3One of the sections of a golf course or the divisions of play in a game of golf: Stephen lost the first three holes to EricMore example sentences
- They completed 72 holes at four golf courses in one day to raise more than £10,000 for Cancer Research.
- The extent of my golf experience comes down to 18 holes on the miniature golf course at Nifty Fifty's.
- Top lawyers to play 18 holes at 18 golf courses in 12 hours to raise funds for meningitis research
- 1.4An animal’s burrow: a fox’s holeMore example sentences
- While walking this earth he commented that foxes had holes and birds had nests in which to live, but he had ‘nowhere to lay his head’.
- Hounds that have successfully tracked a fox are trained to pull it or dig it out of its hole, and the fox is killed.
- From holes, burrows, and crevices, the creatures of the desert night crawled.
- 1.5 [in place names] A valley: Seaton HoleMore example sentences
- Tonight's report takes us to the Grand Teton National Park, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
- 1.6 Physics A position from which an electron is absent, especially one regarded as a mobile carrier of positive charge in a semiconductor.More example sentences
- This process leaves the top and bottom surfaces with an excess of charge which attracts mobile electrons or holes.
- Electrons are not the only charge carriers; holes, or open spaces in bonding sites can also be used in conduction.
- Irradiating such quantum dots with ultraviolet light creates excited electrons and the positive holes they leave behind.
- 2A place or position that needs to be filled because someone or something is no longer there: she is missed terribly and her death has left a hole in all our livesMore example sentences
- In an emotional message days after Ivan's death, Mr Cameron told of the "hole" left in his life by the youngster's death.
- 2.1A shortcoming, weakness, or flaw in a plan, argument, etc.: intriguing as it sounds, the theory is full of holesMore example sentences
- Good on the surface, but as many have pointed out, all the plot holes and problems show up when you think about it for more than 10 seconds.
- One insider said the reason for the explosion of counterfeiting was the hole still existing in the law.
- Within 24 hr of the announcement, wily business pilots had figured out the plan was full of holes.
- 3 • informal An unpleasant place: she had wasted a whole lifetime in this hole of a townMore example sentences
- Her sudden idea to bring Ryan with her, to the hole of a town she originated from, had not been discussed with him.
- Students were aggrieved at the possibility of being ‘stuck renting a hole in Cowley’ as Jessop put it.
- Four more fights in this hole before we get the hell out of here.
- 3.1An awkward situation: the team are in a bit of a hole and it’s a case of seeing if they can dig themselves outMore example sentences
- The stage was huge - the World Cup - his team was in a hole, and the situation was certainly death or glory.
- The criticism of the state companies has surfaced at a time when they appear to be climbing out of the financial holes into which they stumbled in the 1990s.
- It took us 20 years to get in this hole and it's going to take us 20 years to get out.
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- 1Make a hole or holes in: a fuel tank was holed by the attack and a fire startedMore example sentences
- Two days later it was holed and drifting landwards with oil gushing out of its tanks.
- Casualties were light but they lost one of their ships when it hit a rock and was holed.
- The vessel was holed in numerous tanks with loss of crude and resultant pollution.
- 2 Golf Hit (the ball) into a hole: George holed a six-iron shot from the fairway [no object]: he holed out for a birdieMore example sentences
- Magnificently, he holed the shot and allowed himself to smile again.
- I'm swinging the club the way I want to, the putter is okay too, it's just that I'm holing nothing.
- I wasn't at the green when he holed the putt and punched the air four or five times, but it remains one of my strongest memories, even now.
blow a hole in
- Ruin the effectiveness of: the amendment could blow a hole in the legislationMore example sentences
- If you love eating out, all you really need to know to avoid blowing a hole in your healthy eating plans is which dishes to go for and which to avoid.
- The SPA, he says, blows a hole in government plans for more than 200,000 new homes by 2016 in the Thames Basin and Thames Gateway areas.
- As he tries to explain this theory, Gonzales blows a hole in it himself.
in the hole
- North American • informal In debt: we’re still three thousand dollars in the holeMore example sentences
- So the crash, when it comes, is going to leave a lot of people deep in the hole.
- In other words, they planned to go in the hole, but they didn't go in the hole as much as they thought.
- Instead of paying once, you pay twice and the deeper you get in the hole, the more they control you.
- Worn so much that holes have formed: my clothes are in holesMore example sentences
- I don't care if my clothes are in holes, or the curtains have shrunk or the rugs are threadbare.
make a hole in
- Use a large amount of: holidays can make a big hole in your savingsMore example sentences
- If you have set up a home and want to dress it up without making a hole in your pocket then here is an option.
- The markets are a cornucopia of plenty and the prices won't make a hole in your pocket.
- It certainly would make a hole in the $6.5 billion tax surplus that was announced yesterday.
need something like a hole in the head
- • informal Used to emphasize that someone has absolutely no need or desire for something: the government needs another reorganization like a hole in the headMore example sentences
- This club has already been dragged through the courts more than enough and needs another tribunal like a hole in the head.
- ‘We needed his injury like a hole in the head,’ said Godfrey of Smith.
- On the other hand, I need another expense like a hole in the head.
- 1 Cricket (Of a batsman) hit the ball to a fielder and be caught.More example sentences
- He eventually holed out to a diving catch at deep cover by Jamie Glasson and walked off to a standing ovation.
- Katich holed out to Jones at third man, leaving McGrath stranded 80 short of his century.
- He finally fell for 34 off 69 balls - holing out to Ricky Ponting, which brought together the partnership that all England fans had been clamouring for.
- 2 Golf Send the ball into a hole.More example sentences
- Tiger Woods holes out for a birdie and is now two clear of the field.
- He missed a short putt on the fifth, and after holing out he dropped the ball on the green and in his frustration made a practice putt.
- He holed out from the 14th fairway on Sunday for an eagle that gave him a share of the lead.
- • informal Hide oneself: I holed up for two days in a tiny cottage in SnowdoniaMore example sentences
- A Russion oil tycoon holes up in London after some dodgy dealings in his home country.
- Having robbed her boss's safe in order to get married, she holes up overnight at the sinister Bates motel.
- I've come to the realization lately that I've been holing up in my apartment way too much for far too long.
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- Others had big hats, including some triangular ones in the shape of holey cheese.
- In front is a tatty metal-roofed house on stilts with walls of thin, holey plywood daubed in graffiti.
- You're instructed to throw away all your laddered tights, holey socks and sad-looking bras.
Old English hol (noun), holian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hol (noun) 'cave', (adjective) 'hollow', and German hohl 'hollow', from an Indo-European root meaning 'cover, conceal'.