rabbit hole

[ rab-it hohl ]

  1. a tunnel made in the ground by a rabbit; a rabbit burrow.

  2. Informal. a strange, disorienting, or frustrating situation or experience, typically one that is difficult to navigate: I had a history of depression and occasionally fell down dark, deep rabbit holes from which only medication and therapy could pull me out.I have been down the rabbit hole of building a new home.

  1. Informal. a time-consuming distraction of one's attention as happens when clicking through online links, following social media posts, or pursuing information: After diving down an internet rabbit hole and poring over treatments, risks, and so on, she felt even more panicked.

Origin of rabbit hole

First recorded in 1660–70; def. 2 was first recorded in 1935–40, from Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

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How to use rabbit hole in a sentence

  • Hugh Morgan, stop poking your foot into that rabbit-hole or you fall down it and we have to dig you out.

    Mushroom Town | Oliver Onions
  • “I suppose it was thinking so much about that rabbit-hole of a place up at the Hall,” he muttered.

    Crown and Sceptre | George Manville Fenn
  • I found no opening in the face of the rock, except one—apparently a rabbit hole—near a rent in the boulder.

    Creatures of the Night | Alfred W. Rees
  • One morning during the siege, Bose happened to find a rabbit-hole.

    The Children of the Valley | Harriet Prescott Spofford
  • But if you held a looking-glass up to it you would find that it is "Down the rabbit hole" written backward!

    Greenwich Village | Anna Alice Chapin