rabbit hole

noun
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of rabbit hole

:a bizarre or difficult state or situation usually used in the phrase down the rabbit hole

Examples of rabbit hole in a Sentence

  1. shoreline residents are finding themselves helplessly falling down a rabbit hole in their Sisyphean efforts to halt beach erosion

Recent Examples of rabbit hole from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'rabbit hole.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of rabbit hole

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



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up rabbit hole? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

marked by intense feeling

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!