- a place totally lacking in comfort, cleanliness, order, etc.
- a place or establishment noted for its illegal or immoral practices.
Origin of hellhole
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Examples from the Web for hellhole
They'd tell you immediately that we need security around our ambassador in a hellhole like Benghazi.Don't Blame Gay Men for Benghazi
October 19, 2012
“This place was a hellhole,” says Akram Mohamed Ramadan, a rebel fighter who came to visit the prison on Friday.Return to Tripoli’s Notorious Jail
August 28, 2011
From these headquarters, Maria Leon and her family had turned the neighborhood into a hellhole.The Gangster Matriarch of L.A.
September 13, 2010
At least I could comfort myself with the thought that the mom and kid got out of that hellhole alive.My Disney Cruise from Hell
April 9, 2010
- an unpleasant or evil place
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Word Origin and History for hellhole
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