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water hole

a depression in the surface of the ground, containing water.
a source of drinking water, as a spring or well in the desert.
a pond; pool.
a cavity containing water in the dry bed of a river.
a hole in the frozen surface of a lake, pond, stream, etc.
Origin of water hole
1645-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • He did not think he could get lost; but he was watching the plain for signs of a water-hole.

    The Trail Boys on the Plains Jay Winthrop Allen
  • Some were to run to the water-hole, which it was the duty of one man to keep open.

    Fast in the Ice R.M. Ballantyne
  • The impudent, four-footed fisher never went hunting again in her water-hole.

  • The boys mounted, and gave a cheer as they said farewell to the water-hole.

    The Dingo Boys G. Manville Fenn
  • Whilst we stooped to examine the water-hole, our guide escaped into the scrub and was soon lost to view.

    Spinifex and Sand David W Carnegie
  • I will send Simba with you to show you the water-hole in the kopje.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • Anyway, I've got a horse tied at a water-hole close by, if the lions haven't eaten him.

    Jewels of Gwahlur Robert E. Howard
  • Jumbo mentioned that he had found an A T O cow dead by a water-hole.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • I came in here to find a water-hole and he ran away and threw me off.

    The Wrong Woman Charles D. Stewart
  • The water-hole by which we were camped was called Wiarminni.

British Dictionary definitions for water-hole

water hole

a depression, such as a pond or pool, containing water, esp one used by animals as a drinking place
a source of drinking water in a desert
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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