watering hole


Definition of watering hole

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

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Examples of watering hole in a Sentence

supposedly, that Broadway hangout was the favorite watering hole for 1940s celebrities
Recent Examples on the Web The Old Town spot is many things to many people: A watering hole for locals and regulars. Andre Meunier, oregonlive, "Old Town’s Ascendant offers classic styles for an eclectic crowd: Portland Breweries Series," 25 Nov. 2019 Every great neighborhood boasts at least one quintessential neighborhood watering hole, where newcomers become regulars and strangers become friends. Sameer Rao, baltimoresun.com, "‘It’s time to move on’: Highlandtown staple The Laughing Pint to close this month," 7 Nov. 2019 Airport luggage carousels and hotel lobbies acted as the water holes where stories flowed. BostonGlobe.com, "Bruce Cassidy," 22 Dec. 2019 Unlike other Caribbean islands, Barbados lacked readily available running water, so the settlers had built watering holes to catch the rains—perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Steven M. Opal, Time, "When Mosquitoes Brought Yellow Fever to the Caribbean, They Also Spread Slavery," 11 Oct. 2019 When Enkidu meets Shamhat at the water hole, there is no talk of love boxes. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, "How to Read “Gilgamesh”," 7 Oct. 2019 Young Hollywood is skipping out on the more traditional industry networking spots, instead flocking to watering holes that offer something aesthetically pleasing, gastronomically satisfying and geographically ideal. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, "7 New Hotspots for Young Executives in Hollywood," 8 Nov. 2019 This year, the base lodge watering hole, Widowmaker (sugarloaf.com/dining, 207-237-6845), got a total overhaul, including a new outdoor deck with views of the peak and a bigger stage for live music. BostonGlobe.com, "richard allen for the boston globe," 1 Nov. 2019 The restaurants and watering holes that built our state and nourished our ancestors. Josie Sexton, The Know, "Colorado’s 13 most iconic, historic restaurants and what to order when you’re there," 23 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of watering hole

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 Jan 2020

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“Watering hole.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/watering%20hole. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of watering hole

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

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