watering hole


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

Examples of watering hole in a Sentence

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

First Known Use

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/watering%20hole. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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