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pothole

noun [C] uk   /ˈpɒt.həʊl/ us    /ˈpɑːt.hoʊl/

pothole noun [C] (HOLE)

a hole in a road surface that results from gradual damage caused by traffic and/or weather: The car's suspension is so good that when you hit a pothole you hardly notice it. a deep hole formed underground in limestone areas by the gradual rubbing and dissolving action of water flowing through the stone

pothole noun [C] (PROBLEM)

a problem: The road to economic recovery is full of potholes.
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