hell·​hole | \ ˈhel-ˌhōl How to pronounce hellhole (audio) \

Definition of hellhole

: a place of extreme misery or squalor

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Synonyms for hellhole


dump, hole, pigpen, pigsty, shambles, sty

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Examples of hellhole in a Sentence

The factory is a hellhole. his first apartment was a hellhole in an unsafe neighborhood

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Both Castle Rock and Wind Gap are bright, cheery little hellholes, straight out of the David Lynch dreamtown playbook. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Castle Rock and Sharp Objects are the same show with different skins," 26 July 2018 Yet when faced with the vehicle that can take her and her child, Holly, away from this hellhole, June makes a surprising decision. refinery29.com, "The Handmaid's Tale Recap Season 2, Episode 13: The Martha Express," 11 July 2018 That is what drives them nuts because if that means that the United States is not the worst racist hellhole for nonwhite people, then their whole value system gets exploded. Fox News, "Gutfeld: Trump is succeeding and it's the media's nightmare," 24 June 2018 The place is a world of driverless cars and Siri-like communications and control systems designed to reassure the human population while undermining its autonomy in this forbidding vision of Earth as a hellhole of convenience. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "'Upgrade' review: Digital cockroaches replace human brains in this extremely gory thriller," 31 May 2018 And in that notorious hellhole, Daniels — who was never convicted of anything — rotted away year after year. New York Times, "How a Racist Sheriff Railroaded a Disabled Teenager and Got Off," 3 May 2018 Kennedy: Turkey has become a shady authoritarian hellhole. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Mueller Russia probe hits 1-year anniversary; Giuliani says Mueller 'has nothing' on Trump," 17 May 2018 In 2016, when the world began to realize what a hellhole this country was for so many of the people working there, the Qatari government initiated some cosmetic reforms to the kefala system, most of which were not implemented in any serious way. Charles P. Pierce, SI.com, "Why Tom Brady Has No Business Promoting Qatar," 25 Apr. 2018 And wander into the old pink building, a living fossil built by the heiress to a copper fortune around 1930 to provide genteel lodgings for genteel people in this Mexican hellhole of a town burning in this unspeakable desert. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Red Caddy," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of hellhole

1850, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hellhole was in 1850

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English Language Learners Definition of hellhole

informal : a very dirty or unpleasant place

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a strong desire or propensity

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