follow Dictionary.com

Is Tuesday named for a one-handed god?

rathole

[rat-hohl] /ˈrætˌhoʊl/
noun
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.
3.
any small and uncomfortable room, office, apartment, etc., especially one that is dirty or disordered:
He lives in a rathole near the docks.
Idioms
4.
down the rathole, for a worthless purpose or purposes:
seeing your inheritance disappear down the rathole.
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15; rat + hole
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for down the rathole

rathole

noun

A wretched, messy place; a filthy hovel; dump: Those days we lived in a rathole (1812+)

verb

To store up food and supplies; stockpile; stash (1950s+)

Related Terms

pour money down the drain


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for rathole

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for down

8
9
Scrabble Words With Friends