1. as a part of the body.
(a) [late 14C+] (also hol) the anus.
(b) [late 16C+] the vagina.
(c) [mid-19C+] the mouth; usu. as shut one’s hole
(d) [20C+] the buttocks.
(e) [20C+] sexual intercourse; usu. in phr. get one’s hole
(f) [1940s+] (US) a (promiscuous) woman, a prostitute.
(g) [1970s+] (US) a passive homosexual man, esp. when promiscuous.
(h) [2000s] an underage girl used for paedophile exploitation.
2. as an unpleasant place.
(a) [mid-16C+] (orig. UK prison, also dark hole) the punishment cells [the orig. Hole was found in the Counter or Compter debtors’ prison in Wood Street, London, where it was the nickname for that cell, a notably squalid one, in which the poorest prisoners were confined. The rich enjoyed the ‘masters’ side’, while the middle classes went to the ‘knights’ side’; all were entered in the prison’s Black Book. William Fennor’s Counter’s Commonwealth (1617) gives an extensive survey of life within the prison. A similar form of dungeon, not apparently sl., was the hell, cited by the OED and Nares, Glossary (1822), who suggests it was ‘something worse than the hole’].
(b) [18C+] a derog. description of any small, dirty, clandestine place, often one where illegal occupations were planned or carried out; also used of larger areas, e.g. cites 1826, 1839, 1865, 1894.
(c) [1920s+] (US campus) a student’s room.
(d) [1930s–50s] (US Und.) a hideout.
(e) [1930s+] (US) the subway or one of its stations.
(f) [1940s+] (US) a space or slot, a position, e.g. in a race.
(g) a grave.
(h) [1990s+] (US Und.) a railroad side track.
(i) [1990s+] (Aus./US) a prison.
3. [late 18C+] in fig. use: a difficult situation, a fix, a scrape, a mess.
[mid–late 19C] sexual intercourse.
see holer n.
[1970s] (US Und.) suffering from the nervousness that arises from a lengthy period spent in hiding or keeping a low profile.
[1960s+] (US campus) sex education classes.
[20C+] (US prison) time spent in the punishment cells.
[1970s] (US) to beat up.
see under dark adj.
[1960s+] (Scot./Irish) of a man, to have sexual intercourse.
[late 19C+] of a woman, to permit sexual intercourse.
[1970s+] a general dismissive rejoinder, usu. negating the previous statement.
1. in debt, owing, usu. connected with gambling.
2. in difficulties.
see keep a tight asshole under asshole n.
see work the hole under work v.
[early 19C+] (UK Und.) to deceive, to cheat, to swindle, to ruin, esp. to rob an accomplice of their share of a robbery.
[mid-19C] to make someone feel inferior, to ‘put down’.
[1940s+] to be quiet, esp. in imper. shut your hole!
[1970s+] (US) immediately behind and therefore irritating, bothering.
[late 17C+] a general excl. of disdain, dismissal, arrogant contempt.
SE in slang uses
[1930s] (US) a retort, do you think I am stupid?
see hole up v.
see separate entry.
see hole in the wall n. (4)
see separate entries.
see separate entries.
[mid-19C–1960s] (US) to run away, to seek refuge.
1. [early 17C–19C] to use up a great deal of, esp. money or a dish of food.
2. [1930s] (US Und.) to escape from prison.
[mid–late 19C; 1970s+] (later use Aus.) to behave rudely.
[mid-19C–1910s] to commit suicide by diving or jumping into water and drowning.
[1970s+] absolutely correct!
see shove it up your arse! excl.