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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And there is the hitchhiker herself, a 22-year-old woman who may or may not be named Cindy, but who has definitely been ill-served by the kind of big-box religion that sent Mark down his current rabbit hole. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: San Diego has a dark role in a new noir novel by Patrick Coleman," 12 Aug. 2019 This has led me down many various rabbit holes of Sephora message boards, Reddit threads, and Amazon comments. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "This Amazon Top-Seller Is the Best Mascara You’ve Never Heard Of," 23 July 2019 Being online today means to be inundated with the rapid-fire news cycle, scrolling rabbit holes, and an infinite amount of shopping choices. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Are You Ready for Amazon’s Personal Shopper to Dress You?," 31 July 2019 Even casual browsing or engaging on social media with extremist-adjacent products, websites, or groups can easily lead consumers down the rabbit hole of the far right. La'nita Johnson, Quartz, "The far right is really good at tricking you into giving it free advertising," 30 July 2019 Falling prey to arguments on social media is a rabbit hole, and both men fell victim to that before resolving the issue in a mature manner. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "The Week in Wrestling: Ring Veteran Savio Vega Ready to Make His Mark on MLW," 24 July 2019 Falling down the rabbit hole The number of browsers shown to use each extension has varied over the past six months, in part because browser makers took action after learning about DataSpii. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "My browser, the spy: How extensions slurped up browsing histories from 4M users," 18 July 2019 From Christchurch to Poway, case after case shows that YouTube is one of several platforms capable of radicalizing viewers, plunging those susceptible to conspiracy theories and racial hatred into a rabbit hole of extremist content. Shaan Amin, The New Republic, "Can the Left Win YouTube?," 2 July 2019 Shopping for your first vibrator is kind of like when Alice tumbled down that rabbit hole: a little scary and possibly confusing but ultimately a pretty exhilarating trip into a whole new world. Gigi Engle, SELF, "5 Tips for Buying Your Very First Vibrator," 26 June 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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