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glory hole

  1. the quarters on a ship that are occupied by the stewards or stokers.
  2. lazaretto (def 3).
  3. any locker or enclosed space for loose gear.
Glassmaking. an auxiliary furnace for reheating glass that has cooled during offhand blowing.
Mining. drawhole.
Origin of glory hole
First recorded in 1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for glory hole
Historical Examples
  • After a few days at the “glory hole” we were sent to the rear to billets.

    The Black Watch Scout Joe Cassells
  • The trench point where the bombing occurred was called the “glory hole,” and it was well named.

    The Black Watch Scout Joe Cassells
  • The crater was immediately organized as a listening-post and ever afterwards it was known as the "glory hole."

    Into the Jaws of Death

    Jack O'Brien
  • Fritzie had a special spite at the "glory hole," and every little while he would strafe it.

    Into the Jaws of Death

    Jack O'Brien
  • Make sure they are put there when not in use, instead of being tossed into some convenient "glory hole."

    If You're Going to Live in the Country Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley
British Dictionary definitions for glory hole

glory hole

(informal) a room, cupboard, or other storage space that contains an untidy and miscellaneous collection of objects
(nautical) another term for lazaretto (sense 1)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for glory hole

"a drawer or place where things are heaped together in a disorderly manner," 1825, the first element probably a variant of Scottish glaur "to make muddy" (mid-15c.), perhaps from Old Norse leir "mud." Sexual (originally homosexual) sense from 1940s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for glory hole

glory hole


: A private glory-hole club makes a lot more sense

noun phrase

A hole between stalls in a toilet, through which the penis may be put for oral sex (1940s+ Homosexuals)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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