mousehole

[mous-hohl]

Origin of mousehole

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at mouse, hole
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Historical Examples of mouse-hole

  • At the door-sill she listened long and intently, like a cat at a mouse-hole.

    Neighbors Unknown

    Charles G. D. Roberts

  • "Now we'll have a look at the mouse-hole," he said, and went right into the mountain.

  • But the Blackfeet were ever on guard at the mountain passes like cats at a mouse-hole.

  • He liked this lurking for prey as a cat likes the watching at a mouse-hole.

    The Graysons

    Edward Eggleston

  • Each one sat before a mouse-hole and pretended to be watching.


Word Origin and History for mouse-hole
n.

early 15c., from mouse (n.) + hole (n.).

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