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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. 2017.
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  • We were up to the swimming hole, and he had some business to attend to, so he came back ahead of us.

    The Heroes of the School 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
  • Jim Morton went out to the swimming hole with a message, but you'd gone, so we came after you.

    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
  • “Come up to the swimming hole to-morrow afternoon if you want to see it,” said Collingwood, hospitably.

    The Jester of St. Timothy's Arthur Stanwood Pier
  • Reaching the swimming hole, it did not take the youths long to get into the water.

    The Rover Boys in Business Arthur M. Winfield
  • I remember an incident that occurred at the swimming hole—an incident tragically significant of the life-struggle between them.

  • 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
  • In a robuster community it would be a swimming hole—but with us, an ornamental lake.

  • They were soon at the swimming hole, and lost little time in getting into the water.

    The Heroes of the School Allen Chapman

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