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mudhole

[muhd-hohl] /ˈmʌdˌhoʊl/
noun
1.
a depression in which mud collects.
Origin of mudhole
1745-1755
1745-55, Americanism; mud + hole
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  • The water drained into a shallow low depression in a large meadow, and made a mudhole, a cattle wallow.

    South American Fights and Fighters Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • More than six years I lived near a mudhole that dried up in July.

    A Watcher in The Woods Dallas Lore Sharp
  • Then to Grunty she said sharply,18 "You'd better get out of that mudhole and go dry yourself in the sun."

    The Tale of Grunty Pig Arthur Scott Bailey
  • Other cities ridiculed its ambitions and called it a mudhole.

    Cyrus Hall McCormick Herbert Newton Casson
  • I walked off the end of the platform, and went plump into a mudhole.

    Calumet 'K' Samuel Merwin
  • Even so he was parched with thirst before he found the first mudhole.

    Daughter of the Sun Jackson Gregory
  • But I will say that this amphibian of yours steers more like a loaded truck in a mudhole than an honest-to-goodness plane!

  • Every mile or so we had to plunge through a quagmire, equal to the worst South African mudhole, which is saying a great deal.

  • "What you want to do is to have that mudhole in the road fixed," said the visitor.

    Toaster's Handbook Peggy Edmund and Harold W. Williams, compilers
  • The novice is almost certain to run it into a ditch the first thing, or get stuck on a hill, or in a sand patch or a mudhole.

    Farm Engines and How to Run Them James H. Stephenson
Word Origin and History for mudhole
n.

1780, from mud (n.) + hole (n.).

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