man·​hole | \ ˈman-ˌhōl \

Definition of manhole

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

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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 Grotjan was working in a manhole underground when he was exposed to leaking methane gas, according to a Facebook fundraiser site that was started for him after the accident. Ruth Bruno,, "Waterford Airman Dies After Accident While Serving In United Arab Emirates," 13 July 2018 The economy suffered another blow in late 2016, when local media began reporting regularly on raw sewage spouting out of manholes along the southern coast, Barbados’s main tourist area. The Economist, "The opposition wins every seat in the Barbados Parliament," 31 May 2018 Heavy rains routinely overload Baltimore’s aged sewer system, sending human waste out of manholes and outflows that pour directly into the Jones Falls. Scott Dance,, "Weekend rain washes 10 million gallons of sewage-contaminated water into Baltimore's Jones Falls," 30 May 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 \

Kids Definition of manhole

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

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