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[mous-hohl] /ˈmaʊsˌhoʊl/
the burrow of a mouse.
the entrance to a mouse's burrow.
a small hole resembling this.
Origin of mousehole
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English; see mouse, hole Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • She did not sing them into her toils, that is, her art was not thrown out any more than when a cat purs at a mouse-hole.

  • At the door-sill she listened long and intently, like a cat at a mouse-hole.

    Neighbors Unknown Charles G. D. Roberts
  • Whenever I stirred, she stopped her chattering and leaned toward me, and watched me like a cat over a mouse-hole.

    Ranson's Folly Richard Harding Davis
  • "Now we'll have a look at the mouse-hole," he said, and went right into the mountain.

  • Whenever I went out I was aware of all Higgleston watching, watching like a cat at a mouse-hole for something to come out.

    A Woman of Genius Mary Austin
  • But the Blackfeet were ever on guard at the mountain passes like cats at a mouse-hole.

  • He liked this lurking for prey as a cat likes the watching at a mouse-hole.

    The Graysons Edward Eggleston
  • Each one sat before a mouse-hole and pretended to be watching.

  • I should be afrade tew buy a house that hadnt a mouse-hole in it.

  • They ran up and felt about with their sticks in the mouse-hole, but in vain.

    Household Stories by the Brothers Grimm Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm
Word Origin and History for mouse-hole

early 15c., from mouse (n.) + hole (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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