watering hole


Definition of watering hole 

2 : a place where people gather socially especially : watering place sense 3

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Synonyms for watering hole


bar, barroom, café (also cafe), cantina [Southwest], dramshop, gin mill, grogshop [chiefly British], pub, public house [chiefly British], saloon, taproom, tavern, watering place

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supposedly, that Broadway hangout was the favorite watering hole for 1940s celebrities

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Although small in size — only 55 acres — Woods Canyon is the most popular of all the Rim water holes. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Cool off this summer at these lakes near Payson," 8 June 2018 The venue for their working lunch is Red Haven, a locavore watering hole near the 14-square-mile campus of Michigan State University, which offers dishes like strawberry soup and tempeh chorizo tacos. Christa Case Bryant, The Christian Science Monitor, "As local news outlets struggle to survive, citizen-led efforts are stepping up," 10 July 2018 The rangers stake out water holes and game trails, regularly camping out overnight in the thickets. New York Times, "Where Female Elephants Without Tusks Roam — and Poachers Stay Away," 16 June 2018 This retro watering hole is the birthplace of the rummy coconuty Painkiller, and serves favorites like conch fritters and coconut shrimp for dinner. Melanie Reffes, USA TODAY, "Where to eat on the beach in the Caribbean," 8 June 2018 Three former water holes for a quarry operation, converted into three connected recreation lakes, is a Bay Area success story. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Lakes high, trout hungry at 10 East Bay parks," 11 Jan. 2018 The city’s gay bar scene remains among the finest in the country, and Pride weekend in particular sees these dives, dance clubs and watering holes at their sparkliest (or most leather-covered, or least covered up ... Emma Silvers, San Francisco Chronicle, "Your guide to the best bars to hit on Pride weekend," 14 June 2018 America’s birthday is right around the corner, but this year, consider an alternative to the usual July 4th watering holes. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Melania Trump Wears Horrifically Tone-Deaf Jacket While Traveling to Meet Immigrant Children," 21 June 2018 Protecting the tuskless females seems to be the reason bull elephants often come first to the water holes in Addo. New York Times, "Where Female Elephants Without Tusks Roam — and Poachers Stay Away," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of watering hole

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of watering hole was in 1776

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English Language Learners Definition of watering hole

: a place (such as a bar) where people gather to drink

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