rabbit hole

noun

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

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That elevator turns into a rabbit hole all the way into the corrupt heart of the corporate stranglehold, embodied by pepped-up billionaire entrepreneur Steve Lift (Armie Hammer). Katie Walsh, kansascity, "‘Sorry to Bother You’ skewers corporate and cultural corruption," 12 July 2018 Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature's most beloved heroines, in her madcap adventures. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two musicals on tap this summer at The Box Theatre Co. in Oconomowoc," 25 June 2018 For me researching online is like falling off the edge of the earth, or at least falling into a virtual rabbit hole. Ana Veciana-suarez, miamiherald, "A simple Google search turned me into a germophobe," 2 July 2018 In that same vein, nothing else feels sugar-coated about Tess’ down the rabbit hole exploration of her new home. refinery29.com, "Sweetbitter Review: Restaurant Dramedy Is New York Fantasy For The Modern Day," 1 May 2018 My friend's recommendation piqued my interest, which led me down a rabbit hole of online tutorials, articles, and testimonials on all the different kinds. Shanelle Drakeford, Allure, "I Switched From Tampons to Menstrual Cups, and I'm Never Going Back," 28 May 2018 The hypothetical opens up rabbit holes in every direction. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "What If LeBron Hadn't Made It? Imagining the NBA Without King James," 10 May 2018 But the letter appears to have fallen down a Kafka-esque rabbit hole. Abigail Tracy, The Hive, "“A Different Kind of Propaganda”: Has America Lost the Information War?," 23 Apr. 2018 Follow me down the rabbit hole and see for yourself. Jason Johnson, The Root, "Is the Trump Administration Running a Child-Trafficking Ring or Nah? Follow Me Down the Rabbit Hole," 25 May 2018

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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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