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swimming hole

a place, as in a stream or creek, where there is water deep enough to use for swimming.
Origin of swimming hole
An Americanism dating back to 1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • A little later, with Frank and Fenn, he went to the swimming hole.

    Frank Roscoe's Secret Allen Chapman
  • Then, turning to Sandy he said "Will you help me row the boat up to the swimming hole?"

    Frank Roscoe's Secret Allen Chapman
  • In vain does he haunt the swimming hole; the water elves will have none of him.

    The Court of Boyville

    William Allen White
  • Reaching the swimming hole, it did not take the youths long to get into the water.

    The Rover Boys in Business Arthur M. Winfield
  • The oldest men in Exham told that their grandfathers, as boys, had sought the swimming hole as the adult seeks his club.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • They were soon at the swimming hole, and lost little time in getting into the water.

    The Heroes of the School Allen Chapman
  • By damming the stream you can make a pond for waterfowl, for trout raising, or for a swimming hole: but that is another story.

  • The same dam that holds back the water for the skating pond may serve in summer to make the swimming hole.

  • An inviting pool was noted, however, that would serve for a swimming hole, and Ben unhesitatingly dubbed this "plumb bully."

    Cattle-Ranch to College Russell Doubleday
  • Roger stepped on the shelving bank, below the swimming hole, dripping water like a big Newfoundland dog.

    The White Crystals Howard R. Garis

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