1. as a part of the body.
(a) (also hol) the anus.
|Miller’s Tale line 604: And at the wyndow out she putte hir hole, And Absolon, hym fil no bet ne wers, But with his mouth he kiste hir naked ers.|
|Mankind line 338: newgyse nowadays. he that schtyth wyth hys hoyll cetera nought. But he wyppe hys ars clen cetera.|
|Play of Weather in Farmer Dramatic Writings (1905) 101: As lief ye kist mine arse as blow my hole!|
|Satyre of Thrie Estaits (1604) 72: Lift up hir clais, kis hir hoill with your hart, sowtar I pray zow sir forbid hir for to fart.|
|Bartholomew Fair V iv: A pox o’ your manners, kiss my hole here and smell.|
|‘Cock-Lorrel’s Strange Banquet’ in Roxburghe Ballads (1893) VII:1 217: And there he made such a breach with the wind, / The hole too standing open the while.|
|‘Lovers’ Session’ in Court Satires of the Restoration (1976) 189: The sodomite’s hole so his fancy did sway.|
|‘As the Fryer He Went Along’ in Merry Songs and Ballads (1897) I 197: The Maid she sh-- and a Jolly brown T--- / out of her Jolly brown Hole.|
|Arse Musica 3: The Tyranny and Oppression of some of your Sex, who had a Mind to Bung us all up in the Hole.|
|Tommy Thumb’s Songbook (1788) 31: Little Robin Red Breast, / Sitting on a Pole, / Niddle, Noddle went his Head, / And Poop went his Hole.|
|Spirit of Irish Wit 158: ‘Pooh; Pooh! [...] I suppose you won’t believe you have a hole behind because you can’t see it .|
|‘The Extinguisher’ Ri-tum Ti-tum Songster 25: In less that a minute, the impudent soul / Thrust the light bang into the bachelor’s hole.|
|Peeping Tom (London) 3 12/2: A scoffing gallant [...] overtook a milkmaid [who was] barelegged. ‘Fair maid, how long have you had those stockings?’ ‘Sir [...] I have worn these three and twenty years and have but one hole in them, which you may put your nose in’ .|
|Dead Bird (Sydney) 10 Aug. 2/2: Mrs Piper said her house was over-run with vermin and Miss Jones suggested she place a lot of arsenic in their holes, to which I added, ‘You will have to catch the rats first’.|
|Art of Child-Love 100: Wetting his middle finger in his mouth [he] gently pressed it well up her hole, I mean that hole which boys as well as girls often place at the disposal of the throbbing prick.|
|Materials for a Dict. of Aus. Sl. [unpub. ms.] 146: He would suck the boss’s hole if he asked him to.|
|Call It Sleep (1977) 248: Peugh! Wadda stink! [...] Who opened his hole?|
|in Limerick (1953) 99: There was a young fellow named Kelly / Who preferred his wife’s ass to her belly. / He shrieked with delight / As he ploughed through the shite, / And filled up her hole with his jelly.|
|Ginger Man (1958) 165: I told the manager to stuff his kip up his hole.|
|Bobbin Up (1961) 186: Ol’ Ma Croll With a pimple in ’er ’ole.|
|‘The Platonic Blow’ in Mills (1983) 324: His thighs squirmed as my tongue wormed in his hole.|
|Carlito’s Way 19: Yo’ hole and yo’ soul is buck neck-id in the joint.|
|Commitments 80: If yeh ever call me a fuckin’ eejit again you’ll go home with a drumstick up your hole. The one yeh don’t sing ou’ of.|
|Part Hate Part Love 40: [They] laughed at his few words of Afrikaans: kak/shit, poep/fart, hol/arse.|
|Rent Boy 72: He churns his hole like a chorus girl doing the can-can.|
|(con. 1970) Dazzling Dark (1996) I ix: Ol’ King Cole stucka penny up his hole but he never got his ha’penny change, he pulled his knob and he got five bob but he never got his ha’penny change.Danti-Dan in McGuinness|
|Filth 198: Stopping off at the bogs where I give my hole a good clawing.|
|Grits 121: Ut stahts off wuth me needin te shite, urgently like, ah mean ah need te consciously hould me hole together.|
|Artefacts of the Dead [ebook] If he was a stoat then a victim would want to [...] stick it up his hole.|
|🎵 Mi piss clean, mi batty clean / [...] / Mi hole clean / And mi mouth bloodcaat clean.‘A Bagga Tings’|
|Bad Boy Boogie [ebook] ‘Y’all kiss your mother with that mouth, or just use it to lick her dirty hole?’.|
|Class Act [ebook] ‘Every time someone says “Happy Christmas” to me, I pretend they’re saying “I want to lick your hole”’.|
(b) the vagina; note many cits. are double entendres, the male subject being a wandering and stereotypically lecherous tinker.
|Two Gentlemen of Verona II iii: This left shoe is my mother [...] yes it is so; it hath the worst sole. This shoe, with the hole in it, is my mother, and this my father, a vengeance on’t!|
|Choise of Valentines (1899) 22: Sufficeth all I haue, I yeald hir hole Which, for a poore man, is a princlie dole.|
|Dr. Dodypoll in III (1884) I i: What thing is love? for sure I am it is a thing. It is a prick, it is a thing, it is a prettie, prettie thing; It is a fire, it is a cole, whose flame creeps in at every hoale.|
|Dumbe Knight II i: Indeed mistresse, if my master should breake his arrow with foule shooting or so, I would bee glad if mine might supply the whole [sic].|
|Hog Hath Lost His Pearl II i: I can tell you newes, your fellow virgin-hole player, my sister, is stolne away to night.|
|Game at Chess II i: Yet there’s no eminent trader deals in hole-sale But she and I have clapped a bargain up, Let in at watergate.|
|Hollander IV i: A woman has ever a hole open to receive a man’s tale.|
|Wits Interpreter 269: Here six foot deep in his fast sleep / The Lord of Lampasse lyas, / Who his end made with his own blade, / Betwixt his Mistris thighs; / If through that hole to heaven he stole.|
|‘A Man and a Young Maid’ in Bishop Percy’s Folio Manuscript of Loose and Humorous Songs (1868) 51–2: He light in a hole ere he was aware! [...] But shee fell a-kissing, hye! / & he lay drooping, hoe, and he lay drooping, hoe. / ‘My Billy, my pilly! how now?’ quoth she; / ‘gett vp againe, Billy, if that thou louest me;’ [...] He thought Mickle shame to lye soe longe; / he gott vp againe & grew very strong.|
|New Academy of Complements 187: When to the Town the Tinker doth come, / Oh how the wanton Wenches run. / Some bring him Basons, some bring him Bowls, / All Wenches pray him to stop up their holes.|
|Works (1721) 20: The Seaman’s Needle nimbly points the Pole; / But thine still turns to ev’ry craving Hole.‘A Satire which the King took out of his Pocket’|
|‘The Tinker of Turvey’ in Merry Drollery Compleat (1875) 29: Room for a Jovial Tinker, / He’ll stop one hole and make two.|
|Compleat and Humorous Account of Remarkable Clubs (1756) 283: Bess Dumbleton [...] was got with Child by a Travelling Tinker, who, being called into the House to mend the old Brewing Kettle [...] stop’d a Hole too much.|
|A Dreadful Fire 5: He thrust the Key in Hole.|
|Penkethman’s Jests 72: A Gentleman who had married a lady, and instead of a Maidenhead, found her endu’d with an extraordinary Capacity [...] thank’d God, That now he had a Hole to put his Head in.|
|‘You Fair, Who Play Tricks’ in Merry Songs and Ballads (1897) V 197: And for G--’s sake take care to grease well the Machine. / For your Thing is so stiff, and my Hole is so small.|
|Eng. Poets (1810) XI 207/1: At length a youth full smart, Who oft by magic art Had div’d in many a hole [...] He’d sound it with his pole.‘A Dainty New Ballad’ in Chalmers|
|Essay on Woman 17: Sylphs and Gnomes may fuck in woman’s hole.|
|Harris’s List of Covent-Garden Ladies 127: She will endeavour [...] to wriggle you out of her hole with her bottom.|
|Banquet of Wit 15: I’ll take care not to leave a hole open.|
|‘The Reels O’Bogie’ in(1979) 194: The lads ne’er think it is amiss / To bang the holes whereout they piss.|
|‘Poor Dirty Bet’ Lummy Chaunter 49: All her clothes were rent in twain, Poor dirty Bet! That you might see the whole quite plain, Poor dirty Bet!|
|‘Cat’ [broadsheet ballad] Then Nelly she opened her lily white thighs / [...] / He stroked down the hair as black as a coal / She catched his finger right snap in her hole.|
|Whip & Satirist of NY & Brooklyn (NY) 23 July n.p.: ‘Search the bed, search every hole above and beneath the sheets, perhaps if you cannot find the rat, you may succeed in finding his hole’ .|
|Wkly Rake (NY) 9 July n.p.: The first [toast] [...] was:— ‘The ladies the whole of them’ [...] Mr O.E.T [...] arose and gave the following:— ‘The small circle of all our female acquaintance’.|
|Satirist & Sporting Chron. (Sydney) 1 Apr. 3/2: He says he goes there becase they keep the best half-and-half in town; but we know that he goes there after Harriett’s whole-and-whole.|
|Man of Pleasure’s Illus. Pocket-book n.p.: A tidy lot of men-tailors work here on a new principle, as the men work all the eyelet-holes, and do all the punching and pressing.|
|‘The Water-Spout’ Rakish Rhymer (1917) 73: Miss Cox’s hole he could not stop, / For the wedge was a deal too little!|
|Cythera’s Hymnal 12: The hole near her breech had a permanent itch / To be plugged.|
|Randiana 87: ‘I really must have it now, I can’t wait,’ and pulling me on to her, my prick found the already well-greased hole.|
|My Secret Life (1966) I 43: Oh, I’d like to feel your hole.|
|Family Connections 40: He fingered my hole and detected its looseness.|
|Sel. Letters (1975) 189: Letting him stick his dirty red lumpy pole in through the split of her drawers and up up up in the darling little hole.letter 15 Dec. to Nora Barnacle in Ellman|
|‘Cock and Broomstick’ in(1979) 54: Found the hole at last, Sir, underneath her frock.|
|Ulysses 714: My hole is itching me always when I think of him I feel I want to.|
|Tropic of Cancer (1963) 249: If anyone knew what it meant to read the riddle of that thing which today is called a ‘crack’ or a ‘hole’.|
|Sexus (1969) 352: I can put another inch or two on that when I ram it up that hole of yours.|
|From Here to Eternity (1998) 519: You and your goddam kitchen like a couple of dry hole old maids.|
|Screening the Blues (1968) 174: I’m not the plumber [...] But I’ll plug your hole, / Till the plumber comes.in Oliver|
|Frying-Pan 139: Any time she wants money she just lies on her back and flogs her hole.|
|Chili 44: This one gorgeous-juicy hole down between these fantastic columns.|
|(con. early 1950s) L.A. Confidential 178: Old stag books: T.J. venues, women sucking cock, boys sucking cock, up-the-hole close-ups.|
|Vatican Bloodbath 12: Kill all the women first [...] the thought of all their vile mucal...secretions from their...holes.|
|Keisha the Sket (2021) 32: He started [...] movin his hands dwn 2 ma hole.|
|Ringer [ebook] n.p.: A lassie thinks you’re going for your hole and you’re sent packing.|
|Guardian G2 10 May 10/1: Don’t worry [...] you just have to cork up your hole with this thing [...] made of cotton.|
(c) the mouth; usu. as shut one’s hole
|‘Nights At Sea’ Bentley’s Misc. June 626: ‘Wharra you mean by dat, Massa Jack?’ exclaimed Mungo Pearl [...] ‘Just shut you black-hole,’ answered Jack.|
|Manchester Spy (NH) 21 Sept. n.p.: [I]f Sukey McGuckin should a happened to seen that hole in your countenance [etc] .|
|🎵 Put ’em [i.e. a set of false teeth] back in their place in that hole in your face.[perf. Harry Champion] ‘Don’t do it again Matilda’|
|Sport (Adelaide) 6 Nov. 5/7: The hole in her face (known as her mouth).|
|Amboy Dukes 16: Shut your hole about my old man.|
|Ginger Man (1958) 371: Now Danger, would you ever shut your hole for a second.|
|Carlito’s Way 13I: broke his hole — cock-sucker.|
|Christine 48: You sound like a goddam sheep. Just baa, baa, baa, that’s all I hear comin out’n your hole.|
|Miseducation of Ross O’Carroll-Kelly (2004) 52: I look away, roysh, doing my best not to crack my hole laughing.|
|Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightdress 7: They all [...] cracked their holes laughing.|
|Artefacts of the Dead [ebook] You better keep your hole shut about him.|
|Glorious Heresies 93: I’m breaking my hole laughing.|
(d) the buttocks.
|Ginger Man (1958) 170: Give your woman a good boot in the hole.|
|Snapper 93: My client he wants to wash his hole, so – I’ll wash it for him meself if he pays me enough.|
|(con. 1917) A Star Called Henry (2000) 192: You’ll soon catch the bastard. And you can give him a root in the hole from me.|
(e) sexual intercourse; usu. in phr. get one’s hole
|DSUE (1984) 561: It has come to signify co?tion or women viewed as sexual potentialities.|
|Glorious Heresies 126: ‘God was challenging me to deny my son’s father his hole [...] so off my drawers came’.|
(f) (US) a (promiscuous) woman, a prostitute.
|[||London Jilt pt 1 18: Wretched then are those Widdowers who are not able to give those old toothless Creatures their belly full, for those old Holes must be satisfied] .|
|Amer. Thes. Sl.|
|Trespass 158: Who you callin’ a common old hole, you puss-filled sewer pipe.|
|Delinquency, Crime, and Social Process 817: Nearly all young Negro players aspire to reach the position of a ‘big mack,’ but few are qualified to be anything more than a ‘lousy pop corn pimp’ who claims to have a ‘gang of holes’.|
|Last Toke 46: That jive hole got you wrapped up tighter ’n I gots Mae.|
|Fort Apache, The Bronx 96: I mean you know the game. I put the chick to work and she don’t come back with nothin’. And she used to be the main hole on the set.|
|Whores for Gloria 139: Ho or hole – Prostitute.|
|Random Family 47: Former girlfriends – whom they called project holes.|
(g) (US) a passive homosexual man, esp. when promiscuous.
|Queens’ Vernacular 146: passive partner [...] hole.|
|Prison Sl. 59: Hole A passive, feminine homosexual. A hole usually does not belong to one particular individual, but rather, has sex with many different men.|
(h) an underage girl used for paedophile exploitation.
|🌐 Bob recently adopted a 6 year old hole from Taiwan, and Fred is doing a 9 year old he bought online.‘Amanda Gets Zipped’|
(i) (Irish) used generically as 'one’s self’.
|Braywatch 125: I didn’t bother my hole listening.|
2. as an unpleasant place.
(a) (orig. UK prison, also cold hole, 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’].
|Satyre of Thrie Estaits (1604) 33: Wee haue gart bind him with ane poill, And send him to the theifis hoill.|
|Black Book line 78: For they’re as dark within [...] As is the Hole at Newgate.|
|Greenes Tu Quoque Scene xv: A prisoner to the Holl, take charge of him.|
|Counter-Rat E3: Aske any how such newes I tell, Of Wood-streets Hole, or Poultries Hell?|
|Works (1869) III 10: But if he cannot pay, or doth deny, / He thrusts him in the hole, there lets him lye.‘A Brood of Cormorants’|
|Parson’s Wedding (1664) IV ii: This is better than Newgate hole yet, Bridewell hemp, brown bread, and whipcord.|
|Appius and Virginia III i: The Lord Appius hath committed her to Ward [...] he means to put her in the Hole.|
|Diary 2 July n.p.: He was clapped up in the Hole.|
|Account 17 May 5: She was carried with the rest into the Hole, and ordered for Execution.|
|Execution of Eleven Notorious Offenders at Sessions-House Old Bailey 8 Dec. 3: These miserable Wretches [...] were conveyed to the Hole in Newgate Loaden with Irons.|
|Hist. of Highwaymen &c 350: Johnny committed him to the Hole [...] living only upon the Allowance of Bread and Water for fourteen Days.|
|Hist. of Pompey Little (1785) I 40/2: I was dragged back to my prison! Excellent lodging in the condemned-hole!|
|Modern London Spy 38: Men taken up for assaults or night-brawls were termed Rats, and the harlots or women [...] were there [Wood Street Compter] called Mice, and at locking up hours, crammed into a hole.|
|Gloss. (1888) I 427: The hole. One of the meanest apartments in the Counter prison, in Woodstreet, was so called [...] Perhaps the term was common to many prisons. We still hear of the condemned hole in Newgate.|
|Westmorland Gaz. 2 Jan. 1/4: Silence in Court — shove ’em all in the hole as kicks up sitch a blessed row.|
|‘The Romance of a Day’ Bentley’s Misc. June 573: The fellow has been [...] rubbed down with vinegar and set in the black-hole to dry.|
|Lloyd's Wkly Newspaper 7 Jan. 5/3: He will be punished by having his 'rations' stopped [and] put in the 'dark-hole' for eight days on 3/4 lbs. of bread.|
|Manchester Spy (NH) 17 May n.p.: Three or four yankees [were] arrested [and] sent to the cold hole.|
|‘The County Jail’ in Comic and Sentimental Song Bk 55: Sometimes when a feller feels a-bit droll, / We pop him into Pompie’s hole!|
|Armagh Guardian 26 Nov. 7/1: I’d as soon be in a chain-gang at Sing-Sing as in this hole.|
|‘O’Reilly’ [US army poem] O’Reilly hit the bottle, after six years up the pole, / He blew himself at Casey’s Place and then went in the hole.|
|Mohawks III 154: Marjory’s! What, the sponging-house in Shoe-Lane! [...] ’tis an execrable den, but not a whit worse than their other holes.|
|Boy’s Own Paper 29 Oct. 67: Leading out of the school-room was a class-room known as ‘The Hole,’ to the authorities as the punishment room.|
|Mingled Yarn 62: [of RMA Sandhurst] [S]olitary confinement — more familiarly known in College as ‘the Black Hole’ or ‘the Hole’.|
|Omaha Dly Bee (NE) 15 Nov. 5/3: ‘Kid’ Ewing is in the ‘hole’ for giving Davenport the heavy mitt.|
|Bucky O’Connor (1910) 67: In that horrible hole an innocent man had been confined for fifteen years.|
|My Life in Prison 65: The rule was that a man should go to the ‘hole’ on bread and water.|
|Let Tomorrow Come 5: And pipe down when nine o’clock comes, or it’s the hole.|
|We Who Are About to Die 100: The Hole is just what its name implies. You get bread and water, and once a week a bucket of mainline chow. I have heard that you do, and that you do not, get a blanket and/or some straw to sleep on [...] No tobacco, no reading privileges — although reading privileges would avail little since there is no light.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|In For Life 66: The Hole, solitary cells where the mattress was a plank and the menu one slice of bread each twenty-four hours plus water when an unsympathetic guard cared to bring it.|
|Felony Tank (1962) 58: The Hole was a small cell, bare of any but the most essential features.|
|(con. 1920s) Burglar to the Nobility 73: If you was given justice, nobody’d ever see you again. You’d rot [...] in the hole.|
|Carlito’s Way 48: They gave me thirty days in the hole.|
|Big Huey 48: I’d been in the hole eight days in total, but I was amazed at how it affcted my visual perception.|
|Joe Bob Goes to the Drive-In 129: We get everything here. One lesbo scene, two visits to the Hole, one old hag who gets offed.|
|Homeboy 216: Del Rio got sent to the Hole by the same rookie that gaffled Moonpie up.|
|Bad Debts (2012) [ebook] I even resorted to ringing that filthy hole you drink in.|
|Guardian G2 17 Nov. 12: He soon found himself banged up in the hole.|
|Boobslang [U. Canterbury D.Phil. thesis] 88/2: hole n. 1 a cell 2 (the hole) the solitary confinement punishment cell.|
|(con. 1998–2000) You Got Nothing Coming 38: Failure to produce your ID card when ordered to do so [...] will result in disciplinary action, which could include solitary confinement in the Hole.|
|Border [ebook] The monkeys threw him in the hole every chance they got.|
|Didn’t Nobody Give a Shit 33: ‘You could get killed while you in the hole’.|
(b) 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.
|Juniper Lecture 123: I marvaile whither you went, or in what new hole you had entertainment.|
|Compleat and Humorous Account of Remarkable Clubs (1756) 61: [They] are soon taught to lavish away their small remains in smoaky Holes and lewd Company.|
|Delightful Adventures of Honest John Cole 3: His Intrigues with several Black-ey’d Girls at Black-Mary’s-Hole.|
|Bog-House and Glass- Window Misc. 38: What Beast alive could bear to swink / In such a filthy Hole as this is.|
|Lafitte 7: May I never see the white cliffs of old England again, if I am not heartily glad to escape from this horrid hole!|
|Oliver Twist (1966) 243: Look sharp with the light, or I shall knock my brains out against something in this confounded hole.|
|Crim.-Con. Gaz. 12 Jan. 13/1: It serve him right for acting in such dirty hole [i.e. Garrick Theatre].|
|Whip & Satirist of NY & Brooklyn (NY) 12 Mar. n.p.: There is one of these dens of inquity [i.e. brothels] in Duane street [...] Each of these holes has a bully.|
|N.Y. Sporting Whip 25 Feb. n.p.: Dutch Dram Shops [...] sacrilegious German people who keep Sabbath breaking holes.|
|New Sprees of London 21: This ken, like most of the holes about here, is an extensive fence, and swag to any amount is taken in.|
|Life in Boston & N.Y. (Boston, MA) 28 June n.p.: [of a brothel] Frank Forester, keeper of a hole [...] where all sorts of evil things are practised.|
|in Punch ‘Dear Bill, This Stone-Jug’ 31 Jan. n.p.: Dear Bill, this stone-jug at which flats dare to rail, [...] Is still the same snug, free-and-easy old hole.|
|Curry & Rice (3 edn) n.p.: [A] hotter and a duller hole is not to be discovered by the most enterprising [...] tropical traveller.|
|(con. 1840s–50s) London Labour and London Poor I 343/2: They puts him into a hole of a place that would stifle a rat.|
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 147/2: To blazes wi’ Waike-feel [...] blarsted starvin’ ’ole.|
|Mimic World, and Public Exhibitions 192: The Refugee House, indeed! Do you think we would go to such a horrid hole as that?|
|Dundee Courier (Scot.) 8 Sept. 7/3: I was ‘reckoning up’ the ‘stingy hole of a town’.|
|Robbery Under Arms (1922) 118: By and by we got to Nomah, a regular hot hole of a place.|
|Truth (Sydney) 25 Nov. 2/5: Alice May has gone to that ’orrid, ’ot ’ole, Brisbane.|
|Boy’s Own Paper 20 Nov. 122: The mate was sadly disappointed with the place and remarked, ‘What a hole to get into!’.|
|‘The House that was Never Built’ in Roderick (1972) 431: I allers let my tongue run a bit when I get out of that hole we’re living in.|
|Vultures of the City in Illus. Police News 15 Dec. 12/1: It was a gruesome, horrible hole, smelling vilely of foul tobacco, onions, fish, cheese, and fried bacon.|
|In the Foreign Legion 31: We were assigned a nasty little hole of a room.|
|Shorty McCabe on the Job 122: Comes from some absurd little hole out West.|
|Psmith Journalist (1993) 192: It must be awful living in a hole like this.|
|(con. 1916) Her Privates We (1986) 235: Thought we might go out an’ see what was doin’ in this bloody ’ole.|
|(con. 1900s–10s) 42nd Parallel in USA (1966) 258: I’ve been in this lousy hole fifteen years.|
|Tramp and Other Stories 23: A lousy one-horse town! God, what a hole! I wouldn’t live here for a thousand a year.|
|Diaries 15 May 29: I’m sick of this bloody dead and alive hole they call Newquay.|
|(con. 1941) Twenty Thousand Thieves 38: They’ll be glad to be leaving this hole.|
|Crazy Kill 75: Let us out of this hole, we’re in a hurry.|
|All Night Stand 26: We started at nine in the hot old hole of the disused mission hall.|
|Spend, Spend, Spend Scene 65: It was a right rough hole, was Dallas.|
|An English Madam 56: I was living in a dirty rotten hole in Holloway Road.|
|White Boy Shuffle 87: Everybody starts out an orphan in this hole [i.e. the ghetto].|
|Yes We have No 291: An inspector came the other day. He said it’s a hole.|
|Conversation with the Mann 73: It was a hole of a joint where comics [...] could go and do their thing for what constituted an audience.|
(c) (US) the lowest level of drinking place.
|New London Spy 137: The droll incidents and characters that occured in this sot’s hole.|
|Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 21 Dec. 2/5: [N]ight after night he has left all [his family] alone, while he himself resorted to some whiskey hole.|
|11 Dec. [synd. col.] Finding myself in a hole today — a nice little bar over on 3d ave.|
|In Pharoah’s Army 204: TI took her to the bar [...] The moment I saw Jan inside the place, in her white dress and cool, manifest sanity, I saw it for what it was—a hole.|
|Short History of Drunkenness 186: The first saloon that was called a saloon was Brown’s hole.|
(d) (US campus) a student’s room.
|AS IX:4 290/2: Open up your hole! Usually a command to the occupant of a room to open the door.‘Negro Sl. at Lincoln University’|
|Current Sl. II:2 17: Hole, n. Cadet room (Air Force Academy).|
(e) (US Und.) a hideout.
|Und. and Prison Sl.|
|Thieves Like Us (1999) 6: Chicamaw had been saving this Hole for eight years.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|Go, Man, Go! 142: 3-B it said in the lobby. That your hole? You take us up the back way, you piece of cheese.|
|New Centurions 150: [of a policeman sleeping on duty] He hated ‘going to the hole’ which meant hiding your car in some bleak alley or concealed parking lot, sleeping the fitful frantic half-awake sleep of the morning watch policeman, more nerve-racking than restful.|
(f) (US) the subway or one of its stations.
|Und. and Prison Sl.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|Honest Rainmaker (1991) 158: We rode the East Side subway. [...] When we came up out of the hole we were just outside City Hall Park.|
|On the Pad 159: New York City policemen actually sold franchises to pickpockets in the subways. That’s why there was so much fury when they were taken out of ‘the hole’ and replaced by Transit Authority cops.|
(g) (US) a space or slot, a position, e.g. in a race.
|Amer. Thes. Sl.|
|Mr Blue 47: The jailer shook a lever that made all the cell gates vibrate loudly. ‘Grab a hold a one! Grab a hole!’.|
(h) a grave.
|Hiparama 16: Caesar was his Main-Day Buddy Cat and they were putting Caesar in the hole.|
(i) (US Und.) a railroad side track.
|Legs 22: The crews not only boot scenic bums off the train, but usually wait until they take the hole for a meet with another train.|
(j) (Aus./US) a prison.
|Aus. Prison Sl. Gloss. 🌐 Hole. Gaol. As in ‘in the hole’.|
|One Night Out Stealing 14: ‘[W]e get done with a gun involved, it's a long time in the hole’.|
|Da Bomb (Cal. Poly. Sl. Research Project) 14: Hole: Jail.|
|Boobslang [U. Canterbury D.Phil. thesis] 88/2: the hole n. 2 a prison.|
|Winter of Frankie Machine (2007) 117: Cocksucker is leading the good life while friends of his are in the hole.|
3. in fig. use: a difficult situation, a fix, a scrape, a mess.
|Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 513: Now, by my soul, / You’ve got into a damn’d bad hole.|
|Burlesque Homer (4th edn) II 375: [as cit. 1772].|
|General Bounce (1891) 181: Sir Ascot, who, as he afterwards confided to an intimate friend, ‘was completely in the hole, and didn’t the least know what the devil to do next.’.|
|Wanderings of a Vagabond 270: ‘This is a d—n nice hole you’ve roped us inter, Gov.’ said one of that gentleman’s friends.|
|Lays of Ind (1905) 26: Who, when he got in, pulled him out of, a hole.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 5 Mar. 8/4: The author is evidently in the same hole as the small boy who, being pushed off a fence, feels in duty bound to turn round and throw mnd at the fellow who capsized him.|
|Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 25 Nov. 3/2: Here's just the hole th e manager Is in—he can’t live unless he makes it difficult to get into his theatre, but that is just what makes it difficult to get out.|
|Fast and Loose III 158: It’s most vexatious [...] and it puts me in a frightful hole.|
|Soldiers Three (1907) 140: You’re a bachelor drawing a gigantic income, and there’s a man in a hole.‘The Story of the Gadsbys’ in|
|Pitcher in Paradise 220: Nor, when the latter-day professional backer of horses gets into a hole, does he pay bookmakers.|
|Marvel 15 Oct. 25: I know you’re straight enough, and won’t let me into a hole.|
|Marvel 26 June 12: Don’t you see, dat would put Jack and Sammy in a hole.|
|West Broadway 70: ‘You are in a hole and so am I’.|
|speech to NY State Assembly in Black (2000) 333: I quit stealing and learned working because I was in a hole where I could not do otherwise.|
|Stories & Plays (1973) 190: I’m afraid you’re in a hole, my friend.Faustus Kelly in ‘Flann O’Brien’|
|Come in Spinner (1960) 336: My God, you’re in a hell of a hole all right.|
|A House For Mr Biswas 362: ‘Trapped!’ Mr Biswas would say. ‘You and your family have got me trapped in this hole.’.|
|Sir, You Bastard 138: Too bad if he has, I’ll be in a great big hole.|
|Rat on Fire (1982) 33: Billy is in the same kind of hole.|
|(con. 1986) Sweet Forever 68: He’d confided in Tutt about the hole he was in.|
|Soothing Music for Stray Cats 15: So there he was, in a hole, with an a-hole job, in some fuck-wit city.|
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
see holer n.
(US Und.) suffering from the nervousness that arises from a lengthy period spent in hiding or keeping a low profile.
|Gonif 94: One night, Dago got hole nervous, held up a cigar store and romped around town before coming back with $200.|
(US campus) sex education classes.
|🌐 Human Sexuality is fondly known as ‘Holes and Poles’, or simply ‘Sex’ (as in the now clichéd ‘I had “Sex” with 35 students this morning.’).Insider’s Guide to Getting A’s at Your College|
(US prison) time spent in the punishment cells.
|Prison Sl. 10: In prison there are rules and regulations by which inmates must live. When an inmate is found guilty of violating the more serious rules, he is sometimes placed in a segregation unit for a period of time as punishment. This segregation unit is known as the hole and the time spent there as hole time.|
|(con. 1975–6) Steel Toes 14: All that hole time left me what you might call noise-sensitive.|
(US) to beat up.
|After Hours 175: I told Dave I’d break his hole.|
see under dark adj.
(Scot./Irish) of a man, to have sexual intercourse.
|(con. mid-1960s) Glasgow Gang Observed 236: ‘Gettin’ yir hole’, i.e. having sexual intercourse.|
|Commitments 6: But wha’ Jimmy’s askin’ is is tha’ the reason we got the group together. To get our hole.|
|Last of the High Kings 27: I got a feel, Nelson boasted. Well, I got me hole, little Cyril McLean bragged.|
|(ref. to 1963) Bend for Home 220: Did you get your hole recently, Healy? he asked.|
|Glue 35: Birds eywis go for the guy wi the motor, no thit ah need one tae git ma hole.|
|(con. 1980s) Skagboys 35: For a Fat Ginger Specky Cunt Keezbo’s pretty outstanding at getting his hole.|
|Locked Ward (2013) 309: I hadnae had my hole in months.|
|Young Team 6: There’s fantastical fuckin tales how cunts got their hole.|
of a woman, to permit sexual intercourse.
|Sl. and Its Analogues III 332: To give a hole to hide it in = To grant the favour.|
a general dismissive rejoinder, usu. negating the previous statement.
|Old Story Time I i: len: Big man, yes. pearl: In yuh pants.|
|Commitments 131: We’ll dedicate our first album to Billy. – We will in our holes, said Outspan.|
|Snapper 39: Da, can I have a bike for me birth’y? Darren asked him. – Yeh can in your hole, said Jimmy Sr.|
|john: I have to have a shite –I’m goin’ in the corner here [...] donkey: You will in your shite! No way!Brownbread and War 57:|
|(con. 1970) Dazzling Dark (1996) I iv: You will in your hole. Ah get off me, you animal.Danti-Dan in McGuinness|
|(con. 1920) A Star Called Henry (2000) 252: It’ll soon be over, I said. – It will in its hole, said Jack.|
|Glorious Heresies 122: ‘You could sing. You’re way better than he is.’ ‘I am in me shit’.|
1. in debt, owing, usu. connected with gambling.
|Swell’s Night Guide 77: He [...] put Bet in the hole for the heap [...] and left her a dead stunner to muck the pad, and tip for the lumber.|
|Rambles in New South Wales 72: Were labour abundant and cheap, the farmer would still, – to use a colonial expression, – ‘be put in the hole,’ so far as money-making goes.|
|Ticket-Of-Leave Man Act III: He was put in the hole in California’s year, had to bolt to Australia.|
|Melbourne Punch 14 Sept. 1/2: [A]lmost without exception, their selections have run absolutely last, and the backers of horses who follow the prophetic gentlemen have been invariably ‘put in a hole’.|
|Won in a Canter II 269: ‘[The horse] is scratched, the trainer sold, and very often a stable put in the hole, when it could have pulled through’.|
|Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 29 Apr. 3/1: John Stetson ha s done more for the dram than any living manager [...] He may get into a hole once in a while but knows how to get out without heavy loss.|
|Wolfville 12: Bein’ in the hole about five hundred dollars.|
|Ballads of a Cheechako 86: The man who potlatched the whiskey and landed me into the hole / Was Grubbe, that unmerciful bounder, Grubbe, of the City Patrol.‘The Black Sheep’ in|
|Potash And Perlmutter 13: A couple of stickers like them tourists and that directoire model puts us in the hole two thousand dollars.|
|Plastic Age 237: I ’m over two hundred berries in the hole right now, and you can goddamn well bet that I ’m not going to leave until I get them back.|
|(con. 1920s) Big Money in USA (1966) 997: She [...] had had to cover her margin and had come out three hundred dollars in the hole.|
|Atlantic Monthly July 12/1: The Canadian balance of trade with the United States is currently running at a rate which, if maintained, would put the Dominion 900 millions in the hole by the end of the year [DA].|
|Sundowners 240: He’s in the hole for over fifty quid.|
|Onionhead (1958) 189: ‘How come we [i.e. a ship’s mess accounts] keep goin’ in the hole, ERd?’.|
|letter 16 Oct. in Charters II (1999) 384: Big Sur lost money, Maggie is 6 grand in the hole.|
|Come Monday Morning 33: They used to be able to do that [...] before things went bad an’ he got hisself so far in the hole.|
|Rat on Fire (1982) 25: Malatesta is also in the hole for a buck or three.|
|Florida Roadkill 33: Nigel and Sharon were thirty thousand in the hole on six bank cards.|
|Fever Kill 117: He was in a fifteen thousand dollar hole.|
|Kill Your Friends (2009) 18: We’re [...] four hundred and sevety-eight thousand pounds in the hole on this act.|
|Crimes in Southern Indiana [ebook] ‘Mr. Iris, looks to me you’s about fifteen grand in the hole’.‘Crimes in Southern Indiana’ in|
|Blacktop Wasteland 59: [H]e was fifteen thousand dollars in the hole.|
2. in difficulties.
|Era (London) 4 June 4/2: You have put us in the hole — you have done the trick at last.|
|Sportsman 9 Feb. 2/1: Notes on News [...][W]hy don’t the Government back their servants instead of leaving them thus ‘in the hole?’.|
|Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 25 Dec. 7/2: ‘Hullo Jess! Who’s in the hole now?’ ‘Nobody.’ ‘What’s the counsellor doling here, then?’.|
|Long Odds II 46: ‘We’re in the hole, my boys’ [...] And then lamentations sadder than those of Jeremiah arose.|
|🎵 She’d like that lovely diamond brooch, / You find you're in a hole.[perf. Marie Lloyd] Wink the other eye|
|Boston Herald 2 June in Unforgettable Season (1981) 84: He [i.e. a pitcher] was [...] constantly in the hole due to wildness.|
|Lucky Seventh (2004) 264: Whenever Jerry got in the hole, he proceeded to pitch himself out of it.‘Crossed “Signs”’ in|
|Sports Winners Spring 🌐 We are now in the hole, which is no place to be.‘Base on Balds’ in|
|Deadly Streets (1983) 81: I was in the hole for gytching some of the H.‘Johnny Slice’s Stoolie’ in|
|Cogan’s Trade (1975) 123: If I’m in the hole, he’s the one that got me there, and I could kill him for it.|
see keep a tight asshole under asshole n.
see work the hole under work v.
(UK Und.) to deceive, to cheat, to swindle, to ruin, esp. to rob an accomplice of their share of a robbery.
|Vocab. of the Flash Lang. in McLachlan (1964) 243: garden: to put a person in the garden, in the hole, in the bucket, or in the well, are synonymous phrases, signfying to defraud him of his due share of the booty by embezzling a part of the property, or the money, it is fenced for; this phrase also applies generally to defrauding any one with whom you are confidentially connected of what is justly his due.|
|Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc. 142: Among thieves, he who is left out in sharing the booty – or regulars – is said to be ‘put in the hole.’.|
|Dict. of the Flash or Cant Lang. 167/2: To be put in the hole – to cheat a companion out of his share of the plunder.|
|Vocabulum 91: to be put in a hole To be cheated by a comrade out of a just share of the plunder.|
|Won in a Canter III 216: ’[T]o try and put me in the hole, and teli me to lay against him; a nice gentlemanly trick’.|
|Big Con 204: That old gun had been putting me in the hole for years.|
to make someone feel inferior, to ‘put down’.
|Pendennis I 226: I don’t know how it is, but she always manages to put me in the hole.|
to be quiet, esp. in imper. shut your hole!
|Ginger Man (1958) 162: Will you let da da eat his breakfast. Da da’s hungry. Now shut your hole.|
|(con. 1940s) Wax Boom 75: Will you for Christ’s sake shut your hole?|
|(con. c.1935) London E1 (2012) 78: ‘You shut your ’ole up’ [...] ‘I’ll shut yours in a minnit!’.|
|City of Night 192: Shut your hole, Mae.|
|(con. 1940s) Admiral (1968) 256: Shut your hole, Fatty.|
|Paradise Alley (1978) 42: Shut ya hole!|
|Campus Sl. Nov. 11: shut your hole – cease talking.|
|Donnybrook [ebook] ‘Shut your hole!’.|
|Braywatch 25: ‘Shut your focking holes, you pack of bitches!’.|
(Irish) arrogant, self-opinionated.
|Rules of Revelation 235: Yeah, you could play the piano and talk in Italian and God knows what else but you were never up your own hole with it.|
(US) immediately behind and therefore irritating, bothering.
|Last Detail 98: ‘What’s up her ass?’ ‘Damned if I know,’ says Mule.|
|Day of the Dog 84: Wait and see, Dougo. Don’t want the monaych up ya ’ole, do ya?|
a general excl. of disdain, dismissal, arrogant contempt.
|Commitments 4: That’s different. – Me hole it is, said Derek.|
|Salesman 339: ‘Me hole,’ he said. ‘I know how to boil an egg, Homer.’.|
|Dead Man’s Trousers : A year of absence my hairy hole, he’s only been away a few months!|
SE in slang uses
(US) a retort, do you think I am stupid?
|Short Stories (1937) 242: ‘If you’d go back driving a hack, you’d have dough enough for your own liquor,’ [...] ‘What the hell have I got a wife working as a waitress for? So I can drive a taxi all night. See any holes in my head, Irish?’.‘For White Men Only’ in|
see hole up v.
see separate entry.
see hole in the wall n. (4)
see separate entries.
see separate entries.
(US) to run away, to seek refuge.
|Texas Cow Boy (1950) 27: A policeman punched me in the ribs and told me to ‘hunt my hole’ and that if he caught me out again so late at night he would put me in the cooler.|
|One-Way Ride 197: You ain’t got the guts, you kid copper. I’d make you hunt a hole.|
|‘The Soughrty Peaks’ in Whorehouse Bells Were Ringing (1995) 131: Hi there, you ornery cowboy bums, / You better be a-huntin’ your holes; / I’ve come all the way from Hell’s Rim Rock / Just to gather in cowboys’ souls.|
1. to use up a great deal of, esp. money or a dish of food.
|Itinerary II 183: To lay five hundred of your best men on the earth, which losse will make a great hole in your Armie [OED].|
|Paul Pry 5 Mar. 3/1: [H]is travelling expenses must make a hole in his fourteen shillings per week.|
|Plain or Ringlets? (1926) 99: Twice round, with liberal helpings, makes a good hole in an inn Magnum.|
|Post to Finish I 234: It won’t be the first hundred I’ve made a big hole in by taking long odds.|
|‘’Arry on Angling’ in Punch 30 July 45/1: It do make a ’ole in the ochre to deal with a true first-class thirst.|
2. (US Und.) to escape from prison.
|Thieves Like Us (1999) 63: I tried to make a Hole in this prison [...] one time.|
(later use Aus.) to behave rudely.
|Chester Chron. 4 July 4/3: And mind at the manner in which you complain, You make not a hole in your manners!|
|Grantham Jrnl 30 Jan. 7/5: [headline] Making a Hole in his Manners.|
|Sl. and Its Analogues III 333/2: To make a hole in one’s manners = to be rude.|
|Shields Dly Gaz. 28 Apr. 2/6: He has never been known on such occasions to make a hole in his manners.|
|Hastings &St Leonards Obs. 9 June 6/1: It would be unfair to condemn the tens of thousands who seek a day’s recreation at the seaside simply because [...] some dozen of his class may make a hole in their manners.|
|Chopper From The Inside 67: One of Jimmy Loughnan’s favorite party tricks [...] was to get hold of chaps we felt had been ‘putting holes in their manners’.|
to commit suicide by diving or jumping into water and drowning.
|[||Proverbs (5 edn) 201: To make a hole in the water. i.e. To fall into it].|
|Devon & Exeter Gaz. 31 Mar. 4/3: Ah, William, you’ll die in your shoes, or else you’ll make a hole in the water.|
|Western Times 6 Mar. 3/4: A pot-boy [...] and his ‘lady love’ were severally charged with an attempt to commit suicide. The frail damsel sought to make a hole in the water, but was prevented by her gallant.|
|Valentine Vox 247: As another opposition buss [sic] passed as he retired, he gave it as his opinion, that in this, his extremity, it was enough to drive a man to make a hole in the water.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 5 June 3/3: I’ll make a hole in the water, or try and get out of the world in some way or another.|
|Bleak House (1991) 631: I don’t know why I don’t go and make a hole in the water. I’m sure I don’t.|
|Ticket-Of-Leave Man Act IV: I sometimes think I had better let it all go [...] make a hole in the water.|
|Edinburgh Eve. News 7 July 4/5: He took to drinking, and declared that he would ‘make a hole in the water’ sooner than be again imprisoned.|
|Sunderland Dly Echo 24 Jan. 3/1: The deceased seemed depressed in spirits and said he would make a hole in the water before the day was done.|
|My Secret Life (1966) IV 769: I’m sure I shall be with child [...] and if I am I’d best make a hole in the water.|
|🎵 And to the sea-side she took a stroll / And in the waves she made a hole, poor thing.[perf. Marie Lloyd] Poor Thing|
|Houndsditch Day by Day 193: Well, then, it’ll be about time for me to make a ’ole in the water.|
|Marvel 10 Mar. 180: I really did think of making a hole in the water to-night; but now we’ve met, the beastly cowardly feeling’s gone.|
|Bath Chron. 2 Jan. 6/6: The defendant [...] asked to be locked up threatening to ‘make a hole in the water’ if witness did not do so.|
|Exeter & Plymouth Gaz. 21 May 13/3: He said he would rather make a hole in the water or take a dose.|
|Gloucester Citizen 31 Dec. 7/2: Her husband threatened to ‘make a hole in the water’.|
|Minder [TV script] 64: Hole in one, Vern.‘You Need Hands’ in|
see shove it up your arse! excl.