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hellhole

[hel-hohl] /ˈhɛlˌhoʊl/
noun
1.
a place totally lacking in comfort, cleanliness, order, etc.
2.
a place or establishment noted for its illegal or immoral practices.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see hell, hole
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Examples from the web for hellhole
  • Day-to-day work in this hellhole requires a toughness and adaptability that few people can muster.
  • Village boys understood that if you pushed the boundaries you might get exiled to a hellhole district or charged with corruption.
  • hellhole is privately owned and is closed to the public.
British Dictionary definitions for hellhole

hellhole

/ˈhɛlˌhəʊl/
noun
1.
an unpleasant or evil place
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Word Origin and History for hellhole
n.

"the pit of Hell," late 14c., from hell + hole (n.). Meaning "unpleasant place" is from 1866.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for hellhole

hellhole

noun

Any unpleasant or morally degenerate place; dump: I was so glad to get out of this hellhole/ Emerson is a hellhole (1866+)


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