- a small cavity, into which a marble, ball, or the like is to be played.
- a score made by so playing.
- the circular opening in a green into which the ball is to be played.
- a part of a golf course from a tee to the hole corresponding to it, including fairway, rough, and hazards.
- the number of strokes taken to hit the ball from a tee into the hole corresponding to it.
verb (used with object), holed, hol·ing.
verb (used without object), holed, hol·ing.
- to go into a hole; retire for the winter, as a hibernating animal.
- to hide, as from pursuers, the police, etc.: The police think the bank robbers are holed up in Chicago.
- in debt; in straitened circumstances: After Christmas I am always in the hole for at least a month.
- Baseball, Softball.pitching or batting with the count of balls or balls and strikes to one's disadvantage, especially batting with a count of two strikes and one ball or none.
- Stud Poker.being the card or one of the cards dealt face down in the first round: a king in the hole.
Origin of hole
Synonyms for hole
Related Words for holedrelease, free, expand, puncture, rip, obstruct, breach, disclose, jimmy, tap, burst, vent, pop, unlock, unblock, bare, unfasten, gape, unseal, ventilate
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Contemporary Examples of holed
Western-backed FSA brigades in northern Syria are now holed up in three pockets: in Aleppo, and to the west and north of the city.ISIS and Al Qaeda Ready to Gang Up on Obama's Rebels
November 11, 2014
Brooks: We holed up in the Bel Air Hotel, where Gene was staying, and we acted all the parts out.Mel Brooks Is Always Funny and Often Wise in This 1975 Playboy Interview
February 16, 2014
A group of protestors were holed up inside a hall beside the mosque.Egypt’s Government Thugs Beat Me Up at the Rabaa Sit-In
August 14, 2013
Until then, the students are mostly keeping away from the press, holed up in their hotel rooms watching television and sleeping.Stuck in Limbo After San Francisco Crash
July 9, 2013
One local photographer was holed up in a café when police threatened to gas the place unless the crowd huddled there left.Standoff in Taksim
June 12, 2013
Historical Examples of holed
It wa'n't good for him to be holed up out there in them hills all his life.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
I should say it would be safe to assume the Waernu are holed up in Michaels' home.
This mythical Wells gang could have been holed up in the city, too, you know.
A, who was in well-deserved trouble all the way, holed out in ten.
He holed up one day, until it really hit him that he couldn't get any more.Police Your Planet
Lester del Rey
- the cup on each of the greens
- each of the divisions of a course (usually 18) represented by the distance between the tee and a green
- the score made in striking the ball from the tee into the hole
- a vacancy in a nearly full band of quantum states of electrons in a semiconductor or an insulator. Under the action of an electric field holes behave as carriers of positive charge
- (as modifier)hole current
- a vacancy in the nearly full continuum of quantum states of negative energy of fermions. A hole appears as the antiparticle of the fermion
- in debt
- (of a card, the hole card, in stud poker) dealt face down in the first round
Word Origin for hole
Old English hol "orifice, hollow place, cave, perforation," from Proto-Germanic *hul (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Old High German hol, Middle Dutch hool, Old Norse holr, German hohl "hollow," Gothic us-hulon "to hollow out"), from PIE root *kel- (see cell).
As a contemptuous word for "small dingy lodging or abode" it is attested from 1610s. Meaning "a fix, scrape, mess" is from 1760. Obscene slang use for "vulva" is implied from mid-14c. Hole in the wall "small and unpretentious place" is from 1822; to hole up first recorded 1875. To need (something) like a hole in the head, applied to something useless or detrimental, first recorded 1944 in entertainment publications, probably a translation of a Yiddish expression, cf. ich darf es vi a loch in kop.
"to make a hole," Old English holian "to hollow out, scoop out" (see hole (n.)). Related: Holed; holing.
In addition to the idioms beginning with hole
- hole in one
- hole in the wall
- hole up
- ace in the hole
- black hole
- in a bind (hole)
- in the hole
- money burns a hole in one's pocket
- need like a hole in the head
- pick holes in
- square peg in a round hole