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

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Prepare to take a trip down the rabbit hole and arrive in a Wonderland of beauty. Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, "Primark Announces "Alice in Wonderland" Beauty Collection," 27 July 2018 Its recommendations don’t always coincide with viewers’ interests, sending them down a rabbit hole of increasingly unrelated videos that could be divisive or misleading, according to a Wall Street Journal investigation last year. Yoree Koh, WSJ, "YouTube to Curb Its Referrals to Conspiracy Theories and Other False Claims," 25 Jan. 2019 Dive down the rabbit hole of carrots, their history, composition, cultivation, recipes, record-holding carrots, and carrot trivia here. Robin Tribble, Popular Mechanics, "How to Grow a Giant Pumpkin," 24 Jan. 2019 Order a self-driving pizza and ready yourself to spend the last weekend of 2018 diving down pop culture’s darkest rabbit hole. Aja Romano, Vox, "The Black Mirror: Bandersnatch trailer promises a choose-your-own-nightmare," 27 Dec. 2018 But the truth is, the Blazers find themselves down the playoff rabbit hole today because Holiday and Rajon Rondo have asserted themselves as the superior backcourt. John Canzano, OregonLive.com, "Canzano: Trail Blazers fall into Jrue Holiday's playoff trap... is it Lillard Time yet?," 18 Apr. 2018 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

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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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