man·​hole | \ ˈman-ˌhōl How to pronounce manhole (audio) \

Definition of manhole

: a hole through which one may go especially to gain access to an underground or enclosed structure

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During the commodity-price boom in 2008, theft of metal objects, including beer kegs, manhole covers and even art works, became the target of thieves. David Hodari, WSJ, "Thieves Mine Catalytic Converters for Metal More Valuable Than Gold," 10 Feb. 2019 Sometimes when people walk on streets that are flooded, the manhole covers could be missing, the road may not even be there. Fox News, "FEMA chief Brock Long on Hurricane Florence recovery efforts; Will allegation affect Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation?," 16 Sep. 2018 The lawsuit stated, in addition to the Knolls condominiums, approximately six other homes were evacuated and pressure from gasoline vapors in the sanitary sewer system caused 14 manhole covers along the sewer line to be blown off. Kimberly Fornek,, "Months after gas leak caused explosion in Willowbrook condo building, residents are still displaced," 18 May 2018 There’s a picture of two burly fellows with rolled sleeves emptying a barrel of liquor into an open manhole, to comply with Prohibition laws, as the New York police commissioner looks on. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: There Was Never Anything Quite Like 1919," 11 Jan. 2019 The man was able to communicate with firefighters and climb out on his own after firefighters lowered a ladder down a manhole, Van Hook said. Chris Mccrory, azcentral, "Man hollers from storm drain, is rescued by Phoenix firefighters," 2 Apr. 2018 Crews are investigating two manhole explosions that happened Thursday morning in Old City. Patricia Madej,, "Manhole explosions in Old City under investigation," 22 Feb. 2018 The L-train tunnel is narrow, with numerous pinch points caused by protruding signal boxes, pipe valves and manhole covers, the deans said. Paul Berger, WSJ, "How Engineers Working Pro Bono Solved New York’s Toughest Subway Problem," 6 Jan. 2019 On March 27 of this year, 65,000 gallons of untreated wastewater overflowed from a manhole and got into the wash, according to ADEQ records. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "Water taps dry, sewers overflow as Johnson Utilities owner faces bribery trial," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of manhole

1769, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of manhole

: a covered hole in a street that a person can go down into to do work under the street


man·​hole | \ ˈman-ˌhōl How to pronounce manhole (audio) \

Kids Definition of manhole

: a covered hole (as in a street) large enough to let a person pass through

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