rathole

noun

Definition of rathole

1 a :a rat's burrow
b :a hole gnawed by a rat
2 a :a narrow opening, tunnel, or passageway
b :a cramped space (as for storage or living quarters); especially :one that is oppressive or filthy
  • cooped up in a rathole like this
  • —Jack Ward
3 :a seemingly bottomless or unfillable hole
  • his last pile of money … went down the rathole when he tried to save an old friend from bankruptcy
  • —Stanley Walker

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