watering hole

noun

Definition of watering hole

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

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Synonyms for watering hole

Synonyms

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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Examples of watering hole in a Sentence

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

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Sip on something strong Given that Crenn draws culinary inspiration from her travels, her affinity for watering hole Trick Dog makes sense. Marissa Miller, Vogue, "How to Spend a Day in San Francisco, According to Chef Dominique Crenn," 17 June 2018 Besides using spear phishing, watering holes, malware, and domain hijackings, prosecutors said, the defendants also recruited employees of some of the targeted companies to infect corporate networks and provide intelligence about investigations. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Feds: Chinese spies orchestrated massive hack that stole aviation secrets," 31 Oct. 2018 House of Shields 39 New Montgomery St. www.thehouseofshields.com Vibe: Boozy Don’t miss: Any classic cocktail in the classic S.F. watering hole will do the trick. Sarah Fritsche, SFChronicle.com, "From boozy to brunchable, where to eat and drink at the Pride parade," 14 June 2018 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

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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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watering hole

noun

English Language Learners Definition of watering hole

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

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