rabbit hole


Definition of rabbit hole

: a complexly bizarre or difficult state or situation conceived of as a hole into which one falls or descends I wanted to show this woman descending into the rabbit hole: this loss of self, becoming a servant to her job and to the work.— Jessica Chastain especially : one in which the pursuit of something (such as an answer or solution) leads to other questions, problems, or pursuits While trying to find the picture again on Google, I fell down the Cosmo rabbit hole, scrolling through a gallery of swimwear, then through "How to Be Sexier-Instantly" and then through all 23 slides of "Sexy Ideas for Long Hair." — Edith Zimmerman Because it is so early on in this work it is easy to say that we are either at the edge of a remarkable new and useful science or that we are careering down an environmental rabbit hole. — Jack Hitt In the season-two premiere of HBO's Westworld, viewers were again tossed down a rabbit hole filled with theories, where one open door leads to many more closed ones. — Josh Wigler and Zoe Haylock

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Examples of rabbit hole in a Sentence

shoreline residents are finding themselves helplessly falling down a rabbit hole in their Sisyphean efforts to halt beach erosion
Recent Examples on the Web For the uninitiated, sorting out the numerous competing versions of Hoffa's fate is like falling down a rabbit hole of possible answers. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "'The Irishman' stirs controversy over its version of what happened to Jimmy Hoffa," 15 Nov. 2019 Electoral losses in Kentucky and Virginia send conservatives down a rabbit hole of illiberalism. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Republican Plot Against the Popular Will," 8 Nov. 2019 Broad testing of healthy populations naturally increases the odds for false positives, and those results can send patients down a rabbit hole of tests and anxiety. Jennifer Alsever, Fortune, "This Oncologist Doesn’t Want Another Person to Die From a Cancer That Was Detected Too Late," 3 Oct. 2019 Going Crazy Dear Going: Your question sent me down the (unfortunate) rabbit hole of researching why men send these particular pictures to other people — sometimes to virtual strangers. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Husband caught sexting with wife’s sister," 17 Sep. 2019 Going Crazy Dear Going: Your question sent me down the (unfortunate) rabbit hole of researching why men send these particular pictures to other people -- sometimes to virtual strangers. Ask Amy, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: The whole family knew about husband’s inappropriate texts but didn’t tell his wife," 17 Sep. 2019 The study’s algorithmic rabbit holes were generic, and not personalized to a specific user, which is what makes social media algorithms so powerful. Hanna Kozlowska, Quartz, "Does YouTube favor radicalization? From outside YouTube, it’s hard to know," 31 Dec. 2019 Pinterest, on the other hand, delivers droves—which can lead those who haven’t yet pinpointed their aesthetic down that all-too-scary rabbit hole. Riley & Grey, Harper's BAZAAR, "When It Comes to Wedding Planning, Is Instagram the New Pinterest?," 30 July 2019 Her flashy passing is my favorite Youtube rabbit hole to get sucked into. Kellen Becoats, SI.com, "Elena Delle Donne, A'ja Wilson Lead Predicted Starters for WNBA All-Star Game," 8 July 2019

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First Known Use of rabbit hole

1938, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rabbit hole

from the rabbit hole that Alice enters in Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland

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The first known use of rabbit hole was in 1938

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23 Jan 2020

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“Rabbit hole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rabbit%20hole. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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