[ rat-hohl ]
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  1. a hole made by a rat, as into a room, barn, etc.: The first chore in the old building is to plug up the ratholes.

  2. the burrow or shelter of a rat.

  1. any small and uncomfortable room, office, apartment, etc., especially one that is dirty or disordered: He lives in a rathole near the docks.

Idioms about rathole

  1. down the rathole, for a worthless purpose or purposes: seeing your inheritance disappear down the rathole.

Origin of rathole

First recorded in 1805–15; rat + hole

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