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"hole" in American English

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holenoun

 us   /hoʊl/
  • hole noun (SPACE)

[C] an ​emptyspace or ​opening in an ​object: We ​dug a hole to ​plant the ​tree. My ​sweater has a hole in it. [C] A hole is also something that has been ​left out or not ​explained: The new ​proposal is ​full of holes. [C] In ​golf, a hole is one of the ​smallhollowspaces in the ​ground into which the ​ball is ​hit, or one of the usually 18 ​areas of ​play: the seventh hole
  • hole noun (DIFFICULTY)

[C usually sing] a ​difficultsituation: Without ​theirstartingquarterback, the ​team is in a (​bit of a) hole.
(Definition of hole from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"hole" in British English

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holenoun [C]

uk   /həʊl/  us   /hoʊl/
  • hole noun [C] (SPACE)

B1 an ​emptyspace 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 ​smallcircularspaces 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 ​smallanimallives: a ​mouse/​rabbit/​fox hole informal a ​smallunpleasantplace where someone ​lives: What a hole that ​house was - I'm so ​pleased we ​moved.

holeverb [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 ​quicklysank.
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(Definition of hole from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hole" in Business English

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holenoun

uk   us   /həʊl/
[C] a ​loss or an ​amount that cannot be explained: He's a ​fundmanager who has fashioned a ​career by ​finding the holes in ​financialstatements. The ​company has revealed a £20m hole in its ​pensionfund because of ​collapsingsharemarkets.
be in a hole UK informal to be in a difficult ​situation: We've ​lost the ​order and we're in a ​bit of a hole.
in the hole US informal in ​debt: the ​account is $143 in the hole
make a hole in sth to ​reduce an ​amount of ​money by a lot: The ​price of ​travel can make a hole in ​even the ​deepestpocket.
(Definition of hole from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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