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

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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

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This is definitely a rabbit hole here I’ve only begun to delve into — technically a NumberShare device has a different phone number, for example, and carriers automatically translate it to your phone number on their end. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "Phone numbers should be more portable, and Palm is the proof," 2 Nov. 2018 The full scope of the legendary Romanov collection is on view and the fate of so many of the pieces documented within lead any viewer into the rabbit hole that is Russian history. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Inside the Enduring Mystery of What Happened to Russia's Imperial Jewelry," 1 Nov. 2018 So wait a minute, charges that there are corruption and a culture of silence at the very upper echelons of the church, that is a rabbit hole, that affects victims today and victims to come? Fox News, "Ingraham: Far-left billionaires uniting to remake America," 29 Aug. 2018 More open to the parallel universes hidden in our own neighborhoods, as surely as Narnia behind the wardrobe or Wonderland down a rabbit hole. Rebekah Denn, The Seattle Times, "Sara Bir offers practical guidelines, and delicious recipes, for foraged fruit," 5 July 2018 Every question like this is a rabbit hole that leads to a report somewhere. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Owner’s Guide To Your New Space Station," 12 Mar. 2018 Trying to prevent something that isn’t really happening can lead down a rabbit hole of misunderstandings and mistakes. Zachary Karabell, WSJ, "The Trouble With Hitler Analogies," 30 Nov. 2018 Haven’t fallen down this particular internet rabbit hole yet? Hanna Lustig, Teen Vogue, "Avril Lavigne Called the Doppelgänger Conspiracy Theory About Her Death "So Weird"," 2 Nov. 2018 Paul has made headlines for his outlandish stunts and last month’s heavily hyped boxing match, but the rabbit hole of his questionable behavior and business practices goes deep. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "Shane Dawson’s new series won’t just be about Jake Paul," 12 Sep. 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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