Definition of rathole in English:


Line breaks: rat|hole
Pronunciation: /ˈrathəʊl


  • 1 informal A cramped or squalid room or building: a rathole where a friend lived until her place was broken into for the seventeenth time
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    • 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.
  • 3(In the oil industry) a shallow hole drilled near a well to accommodate the drill string joint when not in use.
  • 3.1A small hole drilled at the bottom of a larger hole.


[with object] North American informal Back to top  
  • Hide (money or goods), typically as part of a deception: he had ratholed the nine thousand that nobody could find

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