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
Recent Examples on the Web Reading poet, essayist, and novelist Patricia Lockwood on our internet lives is a bit like falling down a rabbit hole and losing your mind. Cheri Lucas Rowlands, Longreads, "“The Internet Is Inside Us”: Patricia Lockwood on the Portal, Twitter, and Her New Novel," 20 Feb. 2021 Lee noticed a dedication on the print to someone named Abram Hill, and went down a rabbit hole to learn more. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "MSNBC's Trymaine Lee on 'Into America' podcast, our future: 'We have to engage with our past'," 18 Feb. 2021 Rand also talks to the Wild's Joel Eriksson Ek, wonders whether D'Angelo Russell needs a different late-game approach and falls far down a Wasswa Serwanga rabbit hole. Star Tribune, "Chatting about Gophers hoops, then a Wasswa Serwanga rabbit hole," 4 Feb. 2021 For Russell, their conversation was like falling down a rabbit hole. Bridget Read, Curbed, "The Nightmare Share," 2 Feb. 2021 With this podcast, Investigation Discovery invites audiences down a rabbit hole of conspiracy theory with child predators. Vulture Editors, Vulture, "This Week in True-Crime Podcasts: Revisiting the Night Stalker," 5 Feb. 2021 Ceally Smith spent a year down the rabbit hole of QAnon, devoting more and more time to researching and discussing the conspiracy theory online. David Klepper, ajc, "Checked by reality, some QAnon supporters seek a way out," 29 Jan. 2021 Ceally Smith spent a year down the rabbit hole of QAnon, spending more and more time researching and discussing the conspiracy theory online. David Klepper, Star Tribune, "Checked by reality, some QAnon supporters seek a way out," 28 Jan. 2021 For example, algorithms on YouTube and Facebook were powerful radicalizing tools, taking someone who had an interest in conservative politics down a rabbit hole of conspiracies about the coronavirus and election fraud. Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, "Essential Politics: The far right’s uncertain future," 27 Jan. 2021

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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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26 Feb 2021

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“Rabbit hole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rabbit%20hole. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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