a hole dug in the earth for setting in the end of a post, as for a fence.
Archaeology. an excavated hole showing by its shape and by the remains of wood or other debris that it was once filled by a post.

1695–1705; post1 + hole Unabridged
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Example sentences
The sharp-pointed shovel can be used for digging a narrow deep hole, but a
  posthole digger or manual auger is more efficient.
Digs postholes with spade, posthole digger or power-driven auger.
Some harvesters prefer a posthole digger to a shovel.
Weed control mat shall be placed to provide a snug fit around the guardrail
  post, completely covering the posthole opening.
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