manhole

[man-hohl]
noun
  1. a hole, usually with a cover, through which a person may enter a sewer, drain, steam boiler, etc., especially one located in a city street.

Origin of manhole

First recorded in 1785–95; man1 + hole
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manhole

noun
  1. Also called: inspection chamber a shaft with a removable cover that leads down to a sewer or drain
  2. a hole, usually with a detachable cover, through which a man can enter a boiler, tank, etc
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Word Origin and History for manhole
n.

also man-hole, "hole through which a person may pass," 1793, from man (n.) + hole (n.).

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