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hole

noun [C] uk   /həʊl/ us    /hoʊl/

hole noun [C] (SPACE)

B1 an empty space in an object, usually with an opening to the object's surface, or an opening that goes completely through an object: We dug a hole and planted the tree. My jumper's got a hole in it. Drill a hole through the back of the cupboard and pass the wires through. in golf, one of the small circular spaces in the ground into which the ball is hit in golf, one of the usually 18 areas of play: an 18-hole course
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hole noun [C] (PLACE)

a place in the ground where a small animal lives: a mouse/rabbit/fox hole informal a small unpleasant place where someone lives: What a hole that house was - I'm so pleased we moved.

hole noun [C] (FAULT)

a mistake or problem in an argument, discussion, plan, etc.: The new proposal has several holes in it.

hole

verb [T] uk   /həʊl/ us    /hoʊl/ specialized
to make a hole in something, especially a ship or boat: A torpedo holed the ship below the water and it quickly sank.
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