sink·​hole | \ˈsiŋk-ˌhōl \

Definition of sinkhole 

1 : a hollow place or depression in which drainage collects

2 : a hollow in a limestone region that communicates with a cavern or passage

4 : something (such as an unprofitable investment) that steadily drains money or resources a financial sinkhole

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The cost of that project is $29,000, while fixing the giant sinkhole cost $9,800. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "Avenue or street? Griffith resident questions change in new sign," 23 Mar. 2018 The commission had ordered the shutdown in March after sinkholes opened up during construction of the new Mariner East 2 pipeline along the same route. Andrew Maykuth,, "PUC judge halts Sunoco's Mariner East pipeline, yet again," 24 May 2018 The Missouri Department of Transportation said in a tweet that the sinkhole was caused by a pipe failure. Robert A. Cronkleton, kansascity, "Sinkhole has officials urging drivers to seek alternate routes into Kearney," 1 July 2018 There’s a sinkhole on the off-ramp from I-285 eastbound to southbound Cobb Parkway, Cobb County police said Friday. Ben Brasch, ajc, "Sinkhole near SunTrust Park and Braves are almost sold out (have fun!)," 15 June 2018 The sinkhole, which was first spotted last Saturday, is currently covered with plywood. Betsy Klein, CNN, "White House sinkhole 'does not pose a risk,' National Park Service says," 25 May 2018 The sinkhole could be blamed on a stretch of extremely soggy weather in Washington. Jessica Estepa, USA TODAY, "Yes, a sinkhole has opened up on the White House lawn," 22 May 2018 Narongsak, the provincial governor, said crews were looking for shafts and sinkholes that could offer a way to drill into the rock face. George Styllis,, "Rescue mission seeking to free trapped Thai soccer team may face danger from weekend storms," 6 July 2018 In that story was a lot of complaining about sinkholes forming, cars wrecking, vacations ruined, construction slowing and grass growing wild. Kevin Spear,, "Orlando could be headed for record of consecutive days of rain," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of sinkhole

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of sinkhole

: a low area or hole in the ground that is formed especially when soil and rocks are removed by flowing water

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