The vote on Sunday could take Ukraine toward a modern functioning democracy or plunge it back into a cesspool of corruption.
In the cesspool of cynicism that is Indian politics, we thought his train ride struck a blow instead for a degree of idealism.
Texas has been a cesspool for injury lawyers, and he made major changes—and the proof of it was they all moved to Oklahoma.
On another, more macro level, did you find Europe to be such a cesspool of intrigue?
It's perpetuating a cesspool on Facebook for those who would perpetuate real world violence and rape.
At the lower end of the trough have a waste pipe which runs into a cesspool.
Scattering flowers upon a cesspool of iniquity will not purify it.
That cesspool of all infamies, the New York Herald, became the mouthpiece of all the like hypocrites.
I should be the first to be ready to clean out any cesspool you like.
The cesspool no longer retains anything of its primitive ferocity.
also cess-pool, 1670s, the first element perhaps an alteration of cistern, perhaps a shortened form of recess [Klein]; or the whole may be an alteration of suspiral (c.1400), "drainpipe," from Old French sospiral "a vent, air hole," from sospirer "breathe," from Latin suspirare "breathe deep" [Barnhart]. Meaning extended to "tank at the end of the pipe," which would account for a possible folk-etymology change in final syllable.
Other possible etymologies: Italian cesso "privy," from Latin secessus "place of retirement" (in Late Latin "privy, drain"); dialectal suspool, from suss, soss "puddle;" or cess "a bog on the banks of a tidal river."