- 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.
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Idioms for hole
- 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
OTHER WORDS FROM holehole·less, adjectivehol·ey, adjective
Words nearby hole
British Dictionary definitions for in the hole
- 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
Scientific definitions for in the hole
Idioms and Phrases with in the hole (1 of 2)
In debt; in trouble, especially financial trouble. For example, Joan is too extravagant; she's always in the hole, or Buying all these Christmas presents will put us in the hole for the next few months. [Colloquial; early 1800s] Also see in a bind.
In trouble in a competitive sport. For example, At three balls and no strikes, the pitcher's in the hole, or The batter's got two strikes on him; he's in the hole. [Slang; late 1800s]
In a card game, scoring lower than zero. For example, Only one hand's been dealt and I'm already three points in the hole. This expression alludes to the practice of circling a minus score in the old game of euchre. The antonym for all three usages is out of the hole, as in It took careful financial management to get Kevin out of the hole, or An experienced pitcher often can manage to get out of the hole. Also see ace in the hole.
Idioms and Phrases with in the hole (2 of 2)
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