hellhole

[hel-hohl]
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; Middle English; see hell, hole

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hellhole (ˈhɛlˌhəʊl)
 
n
an unpleasant or evil place

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hellhole
"unpleasant place," 1866, from hell + hole.
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Example sentences
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.
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