Green’s Dictionary of Slang

hole n.1

[SE hole]

1. as a part of the body.

(a) (also hol) the anus.

[UK] Chaucer 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.
[UK]Mankind line 338: newgyse nowadays. he that schtyth wyth hys hoyll cetera nought. But he wyppe hys ars clen cetera.
[UK]J. Heywood Play of Weather in Farmer Dramatic Writings (1905) 101: As lief ye kist mine arse as blow my hole!
[UK]D. Lyndsay 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.
[UK]Jonson Bartholomew Fair V iv: A pox o’ your manners, kiss my hole here and smell.
[UK] ‘Cock-Lorrel’s Strange Banquet’ in Ebsworth Roxburghe Ballads (1893) VII:1 217: And there he made such a breach with the wind, / The hole too standing open the while.
[UK] ‘Lovers’ Session’ in Wilson Court Satires of the Restoration (1976) 189: The sodomite’s hole so his fancy did sway.
[UK] ‘As the Fryer He Went Along’ in Farmer Merry Songs and Ballads (1897) I 197: The Maid she sh-- and a Jolly brown T--- / out of her Jolly brown Hole.
[UK]Arse Musica 3: The Tyranny and Oppression of some of your Sex, who had a Mind to Bung us all up in the Hole.
[UK]‘Nurse Lovechild’ Tommy Thumb’s Songbook (1788) 31: Little Robin Red Breast, / Sitting on a Pole, / Niddle, Noddle went his Head, / And Poop went his Hole.
[UK] ‘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.
[Aus]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’.
[Aus]Stephens & O’Brien Materials for a Dict. of Aus. Sl. [unpub. ms.] 146: He would suck the boss’s hole if he asked him to.
[US]H. Roth Call It Sleep (1977) 248: Peugh! Wadda stink! [...] Who opened his hole?
[US] in G. Legman 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.
[Ire]J.P. Donleavy Ginger Man (1958) 165: I told the manager to stuff his kip up his hole.
[Aus]D. Hewett Bobbin Up (1961) 186: Ol’ Ma Croll With a pimple in ’er ’ole.
[UK]Auden ‘The Platonic Blow’ in Mills (1983) 324: His thighs squirmed as my tongue wormed in his hole.
[US]E. Torres Carlito’s Way 19: Yo’ hole and yo’ soul is buck neck-id in the joint.
[Ire]R. Doyle 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.
[SA]P.-D. Uys Part Hate Part Love 40: [They] laughed at his few words of Afrikaans: kak/shit, poep/fart, hol/arse.
[US]G. Indiana Rent Boy 72: He churns his hole like a chorus girl doing the can-can.
[Ire](con. 1970) G. Moxley Danti-Dan in McGuinness 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.
[UK]I. Welsh Filth 198: Stopping off at the bogs where I give my hole a good clawing.
[UK]N. Griffiths Grits 121: Ut stahts off wuth me needin te shite, urgently like, ah mean ah need te consciously hould me hole together.
[UK]T. Black Artefacts of the Dead [ebook] If he was a stoat then a victim would want to [...] stick it up his hole.
[WI]Alakaline ‘A Bagga Tings’ [lyrics] Mi piss clean, mi batty clean / [...] / Mi hole clean / And mi mouth bloodcaat clean.

(b) the vagina; note many cits. are double entendres, the male subject being a wandering and stereotypically lecherous tinker.

[UK]Shakespeare 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!
[UK]Nashe Choise of Valentines (1899) 22: Sufficeth all I haue, I yeald hir hole Which, for a poore man, is a princlie dole.
[UK]Dr. Dodypoll in Bullen 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.
[UK]Machin & Markham 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].
[UK]R. Taylor Hog Hath Lost His Pearl II i: I can tell you newes, your fellow virgin-hole player, my sister, is stolne away to night.
[UK]Middleton 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.
[UK]H. Glapthorne Hollander IV i: A woman has ever a hole open to receive a man’s tale.
[UK]J. Cotgrave 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.
[UK] ‘A Man and a Young Maid’ in Furnivall & Hales 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.
[UK]‘L.B.’ 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.
[UK]Rochester ‘A Satire which the King took out of his Pocket’ Works (1721) 20: The Seaman’s Needle nimbly points the Pole; / But thine still turns to ev’ry craving Hole.
[UK]‘The Tinker of Turvey’ in Ebsworth Merry Drollery Compleat (1875) 29: Room for a Jovial Tinker, / He’ll stop one hole and make two.
[UK]N. Ward 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.
[UK]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.
[UK] ‘You Fair, Who Play Tricks’ in Farmer 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.
[UK]W. Somerville ‘A Dainty New Ballad’ in Chalmers 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.
[UK]J. Wilkes Essay on Woman 17: Sylphs and Gnomes may fuck in woman’s hole.
[UK]Harris’s List of Covent-Garden Ladies 127: She will endeavour [...] to wriggle you out of her hole with her bottom.
[UK]Banquet of Wit 15: I’ll take care not to leave a hole open.
[UK] ‘The Reels O’Bogie’ in Bold (1979) 194: The lads ne’er think it is amiss / To bang the holes whereout they piss.
[UK] ‘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.
[Aus]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.
[UK] ‘The Water-Spout’ Rakish Rhymer (1917) 73: Miss Cox’s hole he could not stop, / For the wedge was a deal too little!
[UK]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.
[UK]‘Walter’ My Secret Life (1966) I 43: Oh, I’d like to feel your hole.
[Ire]Joyce letter 15 Dec. to Nora Barnacle in Ellman 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.
[UK] ‘Cock and Broomstick’ in Bold (1979) 54: Found the hole at last, Sir, underneath her frock.
[Ire]Joyce Ulysses 714: My hole is itching me always when I think of him I feel I want to.
[US]H. Miller 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’.
[US]H. Miller Sexus (1969) 352: I can put another inch or two on that when I ram it up that hole of yours.
[US]J. Jones From Here to Eternity (1998) 519: You and your goddam kitchen like a couple of dry hole old maids.
[US]A. Green in Oliver Screening the Blues (1968) 174: I’m not the plumber [...] But I’ll plug your hole, / Till the plumber comes.
[UK]T. Parker Frying-Pan 139: Any time she wants money she just lies on her back and flogs her hole.
[US]O. Hawkins Chili 44: This one gorgeous-juicy hole down between these fantastic columns.
[US](con. early 1950s) J. Ellroy L.A. Confidential 178: Old stag books: T.J. venues, women sucking cock, boys sucking cock, up-the-hole close-ups.
[US]T. Udo Vatican Bloodbath 12: Kill all the women first [...] the thought of all their vile mucal...secretions from their...holes.
[US]T. Black Ringer [ebook] n.p.: A lassie thinks you’re going for your hole and you’re sent packing.
[UK]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

[UK] ‘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.
[US]I. Shulman Amboy Dukes 16: Shut your hole about my old man.
[Ire]J.P. Donleavy Ginger Man (1958) 371: Now Danger, would you ever shut your hole for a second.
[US]E. Torres Carlito’s Way 13I: broke his hole — cock-sucker.
[US]S. King Christine 48: You sound like a goddam sheep. Just baa, baa, baa, that’s all I hear comin out’n your hole.
[Ire]P. Howard Miseducation of Ross O’Carroll-Kelly (2004) 52: I look away, roysh, doing my best not to crack my hole laughing.
[Ire]P. Howard Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightdress 7: They all [...] cracked their holes laughing.
[UK]T. Black Artefacts of the Dead [ebook] You better keep your hole shut about him.

(d) the buttocks.

[Ire]J.P. Donleavy Ginger Man (1958) 170: Give your woman a good boot in the hole.
[Ire]R. Doyle Snapper 93: My client he wants to wash his hole, so – I’ll wash it for him meself if he pays me enough.
[Ire](con. 1917) R. Doyle 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

[UK]Partridge DSUE (1984) 561: It has come to signify coϊtion or women viewed as sexual potentialities.

(f) (US) a (promiscuous) woman, a prostitute.

[[UK]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] .
[US]Berrey & Van den Bark Amer. Thes. Sl.
[US]E. Brown Trespass 158: Who you callin’ a common old hole, you puss-filled sewer pipe.
[US]Cressey & Ward 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’.
[US]A. Brooke Last Toke 46: That jive hole got you wrapped up tighter ’n I gots Mae.
[US]H. Gould 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.
[US]W.T. Vollmann Whores for Gloria 139: Ho or hole – Prostitute.
[US]A.N. LeBlanc Random Family 47: Former girlfriends – whom they called project holes.

(g) (US) a passive homosexual man, esp. when promiscuous.

[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 146: passive partner [...] hole.
[US]Bentley & Corbett 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.

[US]Willowall ‘Amanda Gets Zipped’ [Internet] Bob recently adopted a 6 year old hole from Taiwan, and Fred is doing a 9 year old he bought online.

2. as an unpleasant place.

(a) (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’].

[UK]D. Lyndsay Satyre of Thrie Estaits (1604) 33: Wee haue gart bind him with ane poill, And send him to the theifis hoill.
[UK]Middleton Black Book line 78: For they’re as dark within [...] As is the Hole at Newgate.
[UK]J. Cook Greenes Tu Quoque Scene xv: A prisoner to the Holl, take charge of him.
[UK]R. Speed Counter-Rat E3: Aske any how such newes I tell, Of Wood-streets Hole, or Poultries Hell?
[UK]J. Taylor ‘A Brood of Cormorants’ Works (1869) III 10: But if he cannot pay, or doth deny, / He thrusts him in the hole, there lets him lye.
[UK]T. Killigrew Parson’s Wedding (1664) IV ii: This is better than Newgate hole yet, Bridewell hemp, brown bread, and whipcord.
[UK]J. Webster Appius and Virginia III i: The Lord Appius hath committed her to Ward [...] he means to put her in the Hole.
[UK]Pepys Diary 2 July n.p.: He was clapped up in the Hole.
[UK]Ordinary of Newgate 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.
[UK]C. Johnson Hist. of Highwaymen &c 350: Johnny committed him to the Hole [...] living only upon the Allowance of Bread and Water for fourteen Days.
[UK]F. Coventry Hist. of Pompey Little (1785) I 40/2: I was dragged back to my prison! Excellent lodging in the condemned-hole!
[UK]R. King 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.
[UK]R. Nares 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.
[UK]Westmorland Gaz. 2 Jan. 1/4: Silence in Court — shove ’em all in the hole as kicks up sitch a blessed row.
[UK] ‘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.
[UK]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.
[US] ‘The County Jail’ in I. Beadle Comic and Sentimental Song Bk 55: Sometimes when a feller feels a-bit droll, / We pop him into Pompie’s hole!
[UK]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.
[UK]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.
[US]Omaha Dly Bee (NE) 15 Nov. 5/3: ‘Kid’ Ewing is in the ‘hole’ for giving Davenport the heavy mitt.
[US]W.M. Raine Bucky O’Connor (1910) 67: In that horrible hole an innocent man had been confined for fifteen years.
[UK]D. Lowrie My Life in Prison 65: The rule was that a man should go to the ‘hole’ on bread and water.
[US]A.J. Barr Let Tomorrow Come 5: And pipe down when nine o’clock comes, or it’s the hole.
[US]D. Lamson 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.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).
[US]T. Runyon 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.
[US]M. Braly Felony Tank (1962) 58: The Hole was a small cell, bare of any but the most essential features.
[UK](con. 1920s) J. Sparks Burglar to the Nobility 73: If you was given justice, nobody’d ever see you again. You’d rot [...] in the hole.
[US]E. Torres Carlito’s Way 48: They gave me thirty days in the hole.
[NZ]G. Newbold Big Huey 48: I’d been in the hole eight days in total, but I was amazed at how it affcted my visual perception.
[US]S. Morgan Homeboy 216: Del Rio got sent to the Hole by the same rookie that gaffled Moonpie up.
[Aus]P. Temple Bad Debts (2012) [ebook] I even resorted to ringing that filthy hole you drink in.
[US](con. 1998–2000) J. Lerner 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.

(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.

[UK]J. Taylor Juniper Lecture 123: I marvaile whither you went, or in what new hole you had entertainment.
[UK]N. Ward 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.
[UK]Delightful Adventures of Honest John Cole 3: His Intrigues with several Black-ey’d Girls at Black-Mary’s-Hole.
[UK]Bog-House and Glass- Window Misc. 38: What Beast alive could bear to swink / In such a filthy Hole as this is.
[US]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!
[UK]Dickens Oliver Twist (1966) 243: Look sharp with the light, or I shall knock my brains out against something in this confounded hole.
[UK]Crim.-Con. Gaz. 12 Jan. 13/1: It serve him right for acting in such dirty hole [i.e. Garrick Theatre].
[UK]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.
[US]‘Ned Buntline’ Mysteries and Miseries of N.Y. I 83: They stepped into the hole, we cannot honestly call it anything else.
[UK] 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.
[UK](con. 1840s–50s) H. Mayhew London Labour and London Poor I 343/2: They puts him into a hole of a place that would stifle a rat.
[UK]Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 147/2: To blazes wi’ Waike-feel [...] blarsted starvin’ ’ole.
O. Logan Mimic World, and Public Exhibitions 192: The Refugee House, indeed! Do you think we would go to such a horrid hole as that?
[UK]Dundee Courier (Scot.) 8 Sept. 7/3: I was ‘reckoning up’ the ‘stingy hole of a town’.
[Aus]‘Rolf Boldrewood’ Robbery Under Arms (1922) 118: By and by we got to Nomah, a regular hot hole of a place.
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 25 Nov. 2/5: Alice May has gone to that ’orrid, ’ot ’ole, Brisbane.
[UK]Boy’s Own Paper 20 Nov. 122: The mate was sadly disappointed with the place and remarked, ‘What a hole to get into!’.
[Aus]H. Lawson ‘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.
[UK]D. Stewart 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.
[US]S. Ford Shorty McCabe on the Job 122: Comes from some absurd little hole out West.
[UK]Wodehouse Psmith Journalist (1993) 192: It must be awful living in a hole like this.
[UK](con. 1916) F. Manning Her Privates We (1986) 235: Thought we might go out an’ see what was doin’ in this bloody ’ole.
[Aus]D. Stivens Tramp and Other Stories 23: A lousy one-horse town! God, what a hole! I wouldn’t live here for a thousand a year.
[UK]K. Williams Diaries 15 May 29: I’m sick of this bloody dead and alive hole they call Newquay.
[US]C. Himes Crazy Kill 75: Let us out of this hole, we’re in a hurry.
[UK]T. Keyes All Night Stand 26: We started at nine in the hot old hole of the disused mission hall.
[UK]J. Rosenthal Spend, Spend, Spend Scene 65: It was a right rough hole, was Dallas.
[UK]P. Bailey An English Madam 56: I was living in a dirty rotten hole in Holloway Road.
[US]P. Beatty White Boy Shuffle 87: Everybody starts out an orphan in this hole [i.e. the ghetto].
[UK]N. Cohn Yes We have No 291: An inspector came the other day. He said it’s a hole.
[US]J. Ridley 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.

[US]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.

(d) (US campus) a student’s room.

[US]H. Sebastian ‘Negro Sl. at Lincoln University’ AS IX:4 290/2: Open up your hole! Usually a command to the occupant of a room to open the door.
[US]Current Sl. II:2 17: Hole, n. Cadet room (Air Force Academy).

(e) (US Und.) a hideout.

[US]Ersine Und. and Prison Sl.
[US]E. Anderson Thieves Like Us (1999) 6: Chicamaw had been saving this Hole for eight years.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).
[US]E. De Roo 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.

(f) (US) the subway or one of its stations.

[US]Ersine Und. and Prison Sl.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).
[US]A.J. Liebling 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.

(g) (US) a space or slot, a position, e.g. in a race.

[US]Berrey & Van den Bark Amer. Thes. Sl.
[US]E. Bunker 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.

[US]R. Buckley Hiparama 16: Caesar was his Main-Day Buddy Cat and they were putting Caesar in the hole.

(i) (US Und.) a railroad side track.

[Can]O.D. Brooks 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]Tupper & Wortley Aus. Prison Sl. Gloss. [Internet] Hole. Gaol. As in ‘in the hole’.
Da Bomb (Cal. Poly. Sl. Research Project) 14: Hole: Jail.
[US]D. Winslow 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.

[UK]Bridges Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 513: Now, by my soul, / You’ve got into a damn’d bad hole.
[UK]Bridges Burlesque Homer (4th edn) II 375: [as cit. 1772].
[UK]G.J. Whyte-Melville 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.’.
[US]J. O’Connor 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.
[Aus]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.
[UK]A. Griffiths Fast and Loose III 158: It’s most vexatious [...] and it puts me in a frightful hole.
[UK]Kipling ‘The Story of the Gadsbys’ in Soldiers Three (1907) 140: You’re a bachelor drawing a gigantic income, and there’s a man in a hole.
[UK]A. Binstead Pitcher in Paradise 220: Nor, when the latter-day professional backer of horses gets into a hole, does he pay bookmakers.
[UK]Marvel 15 Oct. 25: I know you’re straight enough, and won’t let me into a hole.
[UK]Marvel 26 June 12: Don’t you see, dat would put Jack and Sammy in a hole.
[US]J. Black 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.
[Ire]‘Miles na gCopaleen’ Faustus Kelly in ‘Flann O’Brien’ Stories & Plays (1973) 190: I’m afraid you’re in a hole, my friend.
[Aus]Cusack & James Come in Spinner (1960) 336: My God, you’re in a hell of a hole all right.
[WI]V.S. Naipaul A House For Mr Biswas 362: ‘Trapped!’ Mr Biswas would say. ‘You and your family have got me trapped in this hole.’.
[UK]G.F. Newman Sir, You Bastard 138: Too bad if he has, I’ll be in a great big hole.
[US]G.V. Higgins Rat on Fire (1982) 33: Billy is in the same kind of hole.
[US](con. 1986) G. Pelecanos Sweet Forever 68: He’d confided in Tutt about the hole he was in.
[UK]J. Joso Soothing Music for Stray Cats 15: So there he was, in a hole, with an a-hole job, in some fuck-wit city.

In compounds

hole nervous (adj.)

(US Und.) suffering from the nervousness that arises from a lengthy period spent in hiding or keeping a low profile.

[US]‘Red’ Rudensky Gonif 94: One night, Dago got hole nervous, held up a cigar store and romped around town before coming back with $200.
holes and poles (n.) [pole n.]

(US campus) sex education classes.

A.S. Alschuler Insider’s Guide to Getting A’s at Your College [Internet] 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.’).
hole time (n.) [time n.]

(US prison) time spent in the punishment cells.

[US]Bentley & Corbett 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.
[US](con. 1975–6) E. Little Steel Toes 14: All that hole time left me what you might call noise-sensitive.

In phrases

get one’s hole (v.) (also get one’s hole away)

(Scot./Irish) of a man, to have sexual intercourse.

[UK](con. mid-1960s) J. Patrick Glasgow Gang Observed 236: ‘Gettin’ yir hole’, i.e. having sexual intercourse.
[Ire]R. Doyle Commitments 6: But wha’ Jimmy’s askin’ is is tha’ the reason we got the group together. To get our hole.
[Ire]F. Mac Anna Last of the High Kings 27: I got a feel, Nelson boasted. Well, I got me hole, little Cyril McLean bragged.
[Ire] (ref. to 1963) D. Healy Bend for Home 220: Did you get your hole recently, Healy? he asked.
[UK]I. Welsh Glue 35: Birds eywis go for the guy wi the motor, no thit ah need one tae git ma hole.
[UK](con. 1980s) I. Welsh Skagboys 35: For a Fat Ginger Specky Cunt Keezbo’s pretty outstanding at getting his hole.
[UK]D. O’Donnell Locked Ward (2013) 309: I hadnae had my hole in months.
in one’s hole (also in one’s pants, ...shite)

a general dismissive rejoinder, usu. negating the previous statement.

[UK]T. Rhone Old Story Time I i: len: Big man, yes. pearl: In yuh pants.
[Ire]R. Doyle Commitments 131: We’ll dedicate our first album to Billy. – We will in our holes, said Outspan.
[Ire]R. Doyle Snapper 39: Da, can I have a bike for me birth’y? Darren asked him. – Yeh can in your hole, said Jimmy Sr.
R. Doyle Brownbread and War 57: john: I have to have a shite –I’m goin’ in the corner here [...] donkey: You will in your shite! No way!
[Ire](con. 1970) G. Moxley Danti-Dan in McGuinness Dazzling Dark (1996) I iv: You will in your hole. Ah get off me, you animal.
[Ire](con. 1920) R. Doyle A Star Called Henry (2000) 252: It’ll soon be over, I said. – It will in its hole, said Jack.
in the hole (also in a hole)(orig. US)

1. in debt, owing, usu. connected with gambling.

[UK]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.
[Aus]J.P. Townsend 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.
[UK]T. Taylor Ticket-Of-Leave Man Act III: He was put in the hole in California’s year, had to bolt to Australia.
[Aus]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’.
[US]A.H. Lewis Wolfville 12: Bein’ in the hole about five hundred dollars.
[Can]R. Service ‘The Black Sheep’ in 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.
[US]M. Glass Potash And Perlmutter 13: A couple of stickers like them tourists and that directoire model puts us in the hole two thousand dollars.
[UK]P. Marks 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.
[US](con. 1920s) Dos Passos Big Money in USA (1966) 997: She [...] had had to cover her margin and had come out three hundred dollars in the hole.
[US]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].
[Aus]J. Cleary Sundowners 240: He’s in the hole for over fifty quid.
[US]Kerouac letter 16 Oct. in Charters II (1999) 384: Big Sur lost money, Maggie is 6 grand in the hole.
[US]C. Loken 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.
[US]G.V. Higgins Rat on Fire (1982) 25: Malatesta is also in the hole for a buck or three.
[US]T. Dorsey Florida Roadkill 33: Nigel and Sharon were thirty thousand in the hole on six bank cards.
[US]T. Piccirilli Fever Kill 117: He was in a fifteen thousand dollar hole.
[UK]J. Niven Kill Your Friends (2009) 18: We’re [...] four hundred and sevety-eight thousand pounds in the hole on this act.

2. in difficulties.

[US]Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 25 Dec. 7/2: ‘Hullo Jess! Who’s in the hole now?’ ‘Nobody.’ ‘What’s the counsellor doling here, then?’.
[UK]Lytton & LeBrunn [perf. Marie Lloyd] Wink the other eye [lyrics] She’d like that lovely diamond brooch, / You find you're in a hole.
[US]Boston Herald 2 June in Fleming Unforgettable Season (1981) 84: He [i.e. a pitcher] was [...] constantly in the hole due to wildness.
[US]Van Loan ‘Crossed “Signs”’ in Lucky Seventh (2004) 264: Whenever Jerry got in the hole, he proceeded to pitch himself out of it.
[US]T. Thursday ‘Base on Balds’ in Sports Winners Spring [Internet] We are now in the hole, which is no place to be.
[US]H. Ellison ‘Johnny Slice’s Stoolie’ in Deadly Streets (1983) 81: I was in the hole for gytching some of the H.
[US]G.V. Higgins 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.
put in the hole (v.) (also put in the bucket, ...garden, …well) [the image is of hiding away the partner’s share; note bucket v. (1)]

(UK Und.) to deceive, to cheat, to swindle, to ruin, esp. to rob an accomplice of their share of a robbery.

[UK]Vaux 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.
[UK]‘Jon Bee’ 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.’.
[UK]H. Brandon 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.
[US]Matsell Vocabulum 91: to be put in a hole To be cheated by a comrade out of a just share of the plunder.
[US]D. Maurer Big Con 204: That old gun had been putting me in the hole for years.
put someone in the hole (v.)

to make someone feel inferior, to ‘put down’.

[UK]Thackeray Pendennis I 226: I don’t know how it is, but she always manages to put me in the hole.
shut one’s hole (v.)

to be quiet, esp. in imper. shut your hole!

[Ire]J.P. Donleavy Ginger Man (1958) 162: Will you let da da eat his breakfast. Da da’s hungry. Now shut your hole.
[US](con. 1940s) G. Mandel Wax Boom 75: Will you for Christ’s sake shut your hole?
[US]J. Rechy City of Night 192: Shut your hole, Mae.
[US](con. 1940s) M. Dibner Admiral (1968) 256: Shut your hole, Fatty.
[US]H. Sackler Great White Hope III v: Shut your hole.
[US]S. Stallone Paradise Alley (1978) 42: Shut ya hole!
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Nov. 11: shut your hole – cease talking.
up someone’s hole

(US) immediately behind and therefore irritating, bothering.

[US]D. Ponicsan Last Detail 98: ‘What’s up her ass?’ ‘Damned if I know,’ says Mule.
[Aus]A. Weller Day of the Dog 84: Wait and see, Dougo. Don’t want the monaych up ya ’ole, do ya?

In exclamations

my hole!

a general excl. of disdain, dismissal, arrogant contempt.

[Ire]R. Doyle Commitments 4: That’s different. – Me hole it is, said Derek.
[Ire]J. O’Connor Salesman 339: ‘Me hole,’ he said. ‘I know how to boil an egg, Homer.’.

SE in slang uses

In phrases

can you see any holes in my head?

(US) a retort, do you think I am stupid?

[US]J.T. Farrell ‘For White Men Only’ in 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?’.
hole in one’s head (n.)

see separate entry.

hole in the wall

see separate entries.

hole up

see separate entries.

hunt one’s hole (v.) (also hunt a hole)

(US) to run away, to seek refuge.

[US]C.A. Siringo 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.
[US]W.N. Burns One-Way Ride 197: You ain’t got the guts, you kid copper. I’d make you hunt a hole.
[US] ‘The Soughrty Peaks’ in G. Logsdon 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.
make a hole in (v.) [20C+ use is SE]

1. to use up a great deal of, esp. money or a dish of food.

[UK]F. Moryson 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].
[UK]Paul Pry 5 Mar. 3/1: [H]is travelling expenses must make a hole in his fourteen shillings per week.
[UK]H. Smart Post to Finish I 234: It won’t be the first hundred I’ve made a big hole in by taking long odds.
[UK] ‘’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.

[US]E. Anderson Thieves Like Us (1999) 63: I tried to make a Hole in this prison [...] one time.
make a hole in one’s manners (v.) (also put a hole in one’s manners)

(later use Aus.) to behave rudely.

[UK]Chester Chron. 4 July 4/3: And mind at the manner in which you complain, You make not a hole in your manners!
[UK]Grantham Jrnl 30 Jan. 7/5: [headline] making a Hole in his Manners.
[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues III 333/2: To make a hole in one’s manners = to be rude.
[UK]Shields Dly Gaz. 28 Apr. 2/6: he has never been known on such occasions to make a hole in his manners.
[UK]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.
[Aus]M.B. ‘Chopper’ Read 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’.
make a hole in the water (v.)

to commit suicide by diving or jumping into water and drowning.

[[UK]J. Ray Proverbs (5 edn) 201: To make a hole in the water. i.e. To fall into it].
[UK]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.
[UK]H. Cockton 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.
[Aus]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.
[UK]Dickens 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.
[UK]T. Taylor Ticket-Of-Leave Man Act IV: I sometimes think I had better let it all go [...] make a hole in the water.
[UK]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.
[UK]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.
[UK]‘Walter’ 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.
[UK]Morton & LeBrunn [perf. Marie Lloyd] Poor Thing [lyrics] And to the sea-side she took a stroll / And in the waves she made a hole, poor thing.
[UK]A. Binstead Houndsditch Day by Day 193: Well, then, it’ll be about time for me to make a ’ole in the water.
[UK]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.
[UK]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.
[UK]Exeter & Plymouth Gaz. 21 May 13/3: He said he would rather make a hole in the water or take a dose.
[UK]Gloucester Citizen 31 Dec. 7/2: Her husband threatened to ‘make a hole in the water’.

In exclamations

hole in one! [golf imagery]

absolutely correct!

[UK]A. Payne ‘You Need Hands’ in Minder [TV script] 64: Hole in one, Vern.