Examples from the Web for rat-hole
Just as I was going to put my hand on it, it hid itself in a rat-hole, from which there was no escape.
I have been in every rat-hole of the world—but I never touched the rats.My Life in Many States and in Foreign Lands|George Francis Train
Madame d'Espard is a sickly, nervous, delicate woman, who would faint in your rat-hole of a place.The Commission in Lunacy|Honore de Balzac
The Mayor once replied to a letter inquiring about him, "He is a nobody and lives in a rat-hole."Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 7|Elbert Hubbard
Alice opened the door and found that it led into a small passage, not much larger than a rat-hole.Vocal Expression|Katherine Jewell Everts