- a hole, usually with a cover, through which a person may enter a sewer, drain, steam boiler, etc., especially one located in a city street.
Origin of manhole
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Examples from the Web for manhole
One of the primary reasons the FMCSA gave for the shutdown was the manhole cover incident.The Government’s Cheap, Dishonest Campaign Against the Chinatown Bus Industry
November 2, 2013
From the modern chastity belt to a bag that disguises as a manhole, Soraya Roberts on the growing trend of protective fashion.
She also designed an emergency "manhole bag," a flat purse that could be thrown on the ground to double as a sewer.
The only escape available to him appears in the form of a manhole, through which he escapes underground.American Nightmare: Ralph Ellison’s ‘Invisible Man’ at 60
June 28, 2012
“There is a manhole of some sort,” the electrical wizard exclaimed.
It was empty then, and its manhole was the foremost one in the alleyway.Typhoon
Carr hissed in Ora's ear as his fingers found the rim of the manhole.Creatures of Vibration
A manhole had to be put in the top and a sump in the bottom.Concrete Construction
Halbert P. Gillette
If I served you right, I would drop you through the manhole, just to wake you up.Doctor Jones' Picnic
S. E. Chapman
- Also called: inspection chamber a shaft with a removable cover that leads down to a sewer or drain
- a hole, usually with a detachable cover, through which a man can enter a boiler, tank, etc
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Word Origin and History for manhole
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