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  1. a hole dug in the earth for setting in the end of a post, as for a fence.
  2. Archaeology. an excavated hole showing by its shape and by the remains of wood or other debris that it was once filled by a post.
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Origin of posthole

First recorded in 1695–1705; post1 + hole
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Examples from the Web for post-hole

Historical Examples

  • One can rake over an acre more easily than dig one post-hole.


    Walter L. (Walter Lowrie) Hervey

  • Make the holes for the posts with a post-hole auger, two feet deep; set in the posts, charred on one end, to make them durable.

  • The dirt blew from a post-hole in the hillside and left the hole sticking out of the ground about two feet with no dirt around it.

Word Origin and History for post-hole


1703, from post (n.1) + hole (n.).

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