glory-hole

glory hole

noun
1.
Nautical.
a.
the quarters on a ship that are occupied by the stewards or stokers.
b.
lazaretto ( def 3 ).
c.
any locker or enclosed space for loose gear.
2.
Glassmaking. an auxiliary furnace for reheating glass that has cooled during offhand blowing.
3.
Mining. draw hole.

Origin:
1830–40

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glory hole
 
n
1.  informal a room, cupboard, or other storage space that contains an untidy and miscellaneous collection of objects
2.  nautical another term for lazaretto

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glory hole
"a drawer or place where things are heaped together in a disorderly manner," 1825, the first element probably a variant of Scot. glaur "to make muddy" (mid-15c.), perhaps from O.N. leir "mud."
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