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

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 And crucially, as directed by Lyonne and Alex Buono, Nadia’s second time falling down the rabbit hole takes on a completely different complexion than the first, even as the two inevitably intersect. Caroline Framke, Variety, 13 Apr. 2022 Netflix is not going any further down the rabbit hole with Archive 81. Lauren Huff, EW.com, 25 Mar. 2022 The Yankees pulled one of their own before the Bleacher Creatures took everyone down a rabbit hole that no one wanted to visit. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 23 Apr. 2022 Would your account get pulled into some other kind of rabbit hole? Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, 19 Nov. 2021 Sticking to its walled garden is increasingly risky for the billion-plus iPhone users and the rest of the world, caught in an SMS v1 rabbit hole because Apple will not move forwards. Zak Doffman, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2022 To track down the water sources, the Caltech computational astrophysicist launched into a research rabbit hole. Los Angeles Times, 10 Mar. 2022 This cat-and-mouse chase sends Batman and Gordon down the proverbial rabbit hole and forces them to confront dark secrets in the corrupt city's past, which shakes both of them to the core. Chancellor Agard, EW.com, 2 Mar. 2022 This gambit by the RNC is simply the latest evidence that the Republican Party seems entirely at ease with following Trump -- who has repeatedly signaled a plan to run for president again in 2024 -- down any and every conspiracy theory rabbit hole. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 13 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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9 May 2022

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“Rabbit hole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rabbit%20hole. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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