Definition of memory hole in English:

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memory hole


An imaginary place where inconvenient or unpleasant information is put and quickly forgotten: now that the trial’s been postponed the whole case has dropped into the memory hole
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  • Other fine buildings, however, have vanished down the memory hole so quickly that the architects could write only their obituaries.
  • For a peek at previous party lines, long since flushed down the memory hole, see this post.
  • I know the gadflies will keep on gadding - and more power to them - but this is clearly a story the media elites are determined to stuff down the memory hole.


From George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, which described a slot where historical documents could be disposed of to allow for manipulation of memories of the past.

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