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[pot-hohl] /ˈpɒtˌhoʊl/
a deep hole; pit.
a hole formed in pavement, as by excessive use or by extremes of weather.
a more or less cylindrical hole formed in rock by the grinding action of the detrital material in eddying water.
a cave opening vertically from the ground surface.
Origin of pothole
First recorded in 1820-30; pot1 + hole Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The carriage slumped into a pothole, and a spring seemed to snap.

    When the Owl Cries Paul Bartlett
  • They were moving around the base of a small knoll when Larkwell's foot struck a pothole in the ash and he stumbled.

    First on the Moon Jeff Sutton
British Dictionary definitions for pothole


  1. a deep hole in limestone areas resulting from action by running water See also sinkhole (sense 1)
  2. a circular hole in the bed of a river produced by abrasion
a deep hole, esp one produced in a road surface by wear or weathering
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Word Origin and History for pothole

also pot-hole, 1826, originally a geological feature in glaciers and gravel beds, from Middle English pot "a deep hole for a mine, or from peat-digging" (late 14c.), now generally obsolete, but preserved in Scotland and northern England dialect; perhaps ultimately related to pot (n.1) on notion of "deep, cylindrical shape." Applied to a hole in a road from 1909.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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