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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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 According to the Michigan State Police crash report, Lamar lost control of his Jeep, hit an open manhole on the left shoulder and then overturned. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Driver who killed Good Samaritan doctor gets 6-12 years in prison," 9 Apr. 2018 In San Antonio, up to 5 inches of rain fell in just hours — lifting manholes and trapping cars in knee-deep water. Allie Caren, Washington Post, "Flash flooding hits San Antonio and other parts of Texas," 29 Mar. 2018 During the night, workers cut a hole in the hotel's wall, dropped a cable four stories to the street below and then pulled the cable through a manhole to the New York Central Railway, which used alternating current. Judy Buchenot, Naperville Sun, "Suburban Cooks: Mints go from trash to treasured cookies," 13 July 2018 Sewage flooded a neighborhood in 2016 and overflowed from manholes last year. Brittany Wallman,, "Fort Lauderdale plans to use water-sewer money to balance budget — again," 9 July 2018 Drummond, the acting manager for the company, said some sewage overflows have been caused by construction workers opening manholes and dumping work-site trash in the sewers. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "Water taps dry, sewers overflow as Johnson Utilities owner faces bribery trial," 28 June 2018 One unconfirmed Twitter posting showed a resident lowering children through a manhole in a sidewalk. Washington Post, "‘Is this the end of my life?’: False alert of missile attack sends Hawaii scrambling," 14 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of manhole

1769, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of manhole was in 1769

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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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