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cat hole

noun
  1. one of a pair of holes in the after part of a ship through which hawsers are passed for steadying the ship or heaving astern
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  • “If he was little enough he might go through the cat-hole,” suggested the young man, at which they all laughed.

    The Story of a Doctor's Telephone--Told by His Wife

    Ellen M. Firebaugh

  • We stopped the cart, struggled out of what Francisco called the cat-hole, and watched the process.

    Glories of Spain

    Charles W. Wood