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hellhole

[hel-hohl]
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noun
  1. a place totally lacking in comfort, cleanliness, order, etc.
  2. a place or establishment noted for its illegal or immoral practices.
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Origin of hellhole

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at hell, hole
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  • But near the Mammoth Hot Springs is a hellhole that did attract me.

    Wild Animals at Home

    Ernest Thompson Seton

  • The flag which floats over every hellhole of mine and mill and prison?

    The Red Conspiracy

    Joseph J. Mereto


British Dictionary definitions for hellhole

hellhole

noun
  1. an unpleasant or evil place
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Word Origin and History for hellhole

n.

"the pit of Hell," late 14c., from hell + hole (n.). Meaning "unpleasant place" is from 1866.

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