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

Definition of hellhole

: a place of extreme misery or squalor

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The factory is a hellhole. his first apartment was a hellhole in an unsafe neighborhood
Recent Examples on the Web For Qantas, the new route will shave some three hours off the regular New York-Sydney route and eliminate the need to change planes in the hellhole that is Los Angeles International Airport. Sarah Lyall, New York Times, "Would 19 Hours and 16 Minutes in the Air Make Me Crazy?," 13 Nov. 2019 Covering the world’s wars and political hellholes, there have been many—some famous, many little-known. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "How Much Can the Human Spirit Endure in Isolation?," 8 Apr. 2020 There is no process, writing is a nightmare, Hollywood is a hellhole, there’s no point to any of this. Samantha Davenport, Anchorage Daily News, "From ‘Stranger Things’ to the Golden Globes, these Alaska writers are making their mark on TV," 30 Jan. 2020 Alabama will be moving 600 inmates out of the hellhole that is Holman Prison and putting them ... where? J.d. Crowe | Jdcrowe@al.com, al, "Where will Alabama put 600 Holman Prison inmates?," 30 Jan. 2020 Trying to make sure the inner city kids that grew up in my hometown can have a brighter future and look at me as inspiration to get out of the hellhole of the inner city. Faith Karimi And Wayne Sterling, CNN, "LeBron James says he has more pressing issues to focus on than China controversy," 16 Oct. 2019 Nolan’s premise that everything is dark and ironic leads him to embrace dystopia, the symbolic hellhole that is Gotham City. Armond White, National Review, "Joker: The Latest Installment in the Derangement Franchise," 2 Oct. 2019 Songwriter Randy Newman dealt with Baltimore as urban hellhole back in 1977 on his Little Criminals album. Armond White, National Review, "The Baltimore Culture Wars: A History," 31 July 2019 There are a lot of young, smart, ambitious people moving to those left-wing hellholes, for some reason. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "A Different Kind of ‘Right-Wing’," 25 Aug. 2019

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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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“Hellhole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hellhole. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hellhole

informal : a very dirty or unpleasant place

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