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rabbit hole

noun

Definition of rabbit hole

  1. :  a bizarre or difficult state or situation —usually used in the phrase down the rabbit hole



Examples of rabbit hole in a sentence

  1. <shoreline residents are finding themselves helplessly falling down a rabbit hole in their Sisyphean efforts to halt beach erosion>



Origin and Etymology of rabbit hole

from the rabbit hole that Alice enters in Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland


First Known Use: 1980


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