a hole, usually with a cover, through which a person may enter a sewer, drain, steam boiler, etc., especially one located in a city street.

1785–95; man1 + hole Unabridged
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manhole (ˈmænˌhəʊl)
1.  Also called: inspection chamber a shaft with a removable cover that leads down to a sewer or drain
2.  a hole, usually with a detachable cover, through which a man can enter a boiler, tank, etc

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Example sentences
We join them at a manhole beneath an ivy-covered embankment.
Suggest a manhole, and he'd plummet straight down it.
Drainage gratings and manhole covers are upended, posing hazards to drivers.
Metal recyclers do not steal manhole covers for profit.
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