a secret chamber in certain houses in England, built as a hiding place for Roman Catholic priests when they were proscribed in the 16th and 17th centuries
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Some priest who had used this priest-hole years before had left it there in his hurry; I wondered how.Martin Hyde, The Duke's Messenger|John Masefield