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
Recent Examples on the Web Not to go too far down this rabbit hole since the likelihood of trading Foles within the division is remote, but the Jaguars likely won’t cut Foles. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Why Colts might want to add a veteran QB such as Andy Dalton, Marcus Mariota," 2 Mar. 2020 Going Crazy Going Crazy: Your question sent me down the (unfortunate) rabbit hole of researching why men send these particular pictures to other people — sometimes to virtual strangers. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Sexting situation unsettles spouse," 17 Sep. 2019 Going further down the rabbit hole, Shadow also seems to have ties to Buttigieg, who donated $42,500 to the company last year according to filings from the Federal Election Commission. Elly Belle, refinery29.com, "What To Know About Shadow, The App That Is Disrupting The Iowa Caucus," 4 Feb. 2020 Like all important problems in mathematics, scissors congruence is a rabbit hole: a modest statement that draws mathematicians into a warren of sophisticated mathematics. Quanta Magazine, "Mathematicians Cut Apart Shapes to Find Pieces of Equations," 31 Oct. 2019 Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche all followed the BMW into an X6-shaped rabbit hole. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "The Right Amount of M," 14 Jan. 2020 Social media and its roiling underworld of conspiracy theories and extremist rabbit holes did not yet exist. Marc Fisher, Anchorage Daily News, "Analysis: How the decline of trust shaped Trump, Nixon and Clinton’s endgames," 13 Nov. 2019 Without going too far down the weather rabbit hole, strong high pressure off the West Coast and a wavy jet stream are combining to steer repeated blasts of cold, Arctic air into the same region. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "Denver could set its coldest October temperature on record this week," 28 Oct. 2019 Tame Impala has always relied on psychedelic visuals to lead audiences down a sonic rabbit hole; now, with more buzz (and money) behind the band, those visuals are trippier and more all-encompassing than ever. Beth Rankin, The Know, "Review: Tame Impala ripped a hole in the space-time continuum at Mission Ballroom on Monday," 8 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of rabbit hole was in 1938

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2 Apr 2020

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“Rabbit hole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rabbit%20hole. Accessed 9 Apr. 2020.

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