rathole

noun

Definition of rathole

1a : a rat's burrow
b : a hole gnawed by a rat
2a : 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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“Rathole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rathole. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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