shot hole


: a drilled hole in which a charge of dynamite is exploded
: the dropping out of small rounded fragments of leaves that produces a shot-riddled appearance and is caused especially by parasitic action

Examples of shot hole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Eventually the center of the spot may fall out, leaving a shot hole like appearance. oregonlive, 4 Sep. 2022 This looks like shot hole, a very common fungal disease of peaches in western Oregon. oregonlive, 4 Sep. 2022 Generally, one just has to live with shot hole or replace plants with those not susceptible., 9 Mar. 2022 While the big hitters had their drives plug in the fairway, Johnson played every par-5 as a three-shot hole, hit his wedges close and won. Jim Souhan, Star Tribune, 11 Nov. 2020 The tree had shot hole borers a few years ago and has been losing a main branch every year or two. oregonlive, 20 Dec. 2019 The debate also shot holes in what critics have accused as overstating how much gaming would bring in by the Beshear campaign. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, 29 Oct. 2019 Others shot holes through the stainless steel Yeti tumblers in their backyard or basements. The Washington Post,, 24 Apr. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1875, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of shot hole was in 1875

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Cite this Entry

“Shot hole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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