Definition of doghole

1 : a place fit only for dogs
2 : a mean miserable abode
3 : a small opening (as in a mine)
4 West : a small inlet on the coast where ships tie up in order to load lumber

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First Known Use of doghole

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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one from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

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