One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1informal An untidy room or cupboard used for storage.
- ‘In reality, the glory-hole was what they called the basement-like room directly underneath the organ, where they kept the furnace that heated the church, and where all kinds of stuff was stored.’
- ‘But there might be something salvageable in the loft or in the glory hole under the stairs.’
- ‘The delicatessen on Union Street is a glory hole of delicious deli fare, while the city's Victorian shopping arcade is one of the very few traditional arcades left in the country.’
- ‘He froze - waist wedged in the hole, his lower half still in Jeeson's glory hole, his top half in the empty cellar beside it.’
- ‘Suitably baited with cheese I placed the trap in the "Glory Hole," a cupboard containing all the junk we refused to throw away, situated underneath the stairs.’
2North American Mining
An open quarry.
- ‘He sank his entire fortune into the mine in an unsuccessful attempt at finding another glory hole.’
- ‘Because of the type of deposits at the mine, work was by open pit methods, resulting in the digging of a glory hole on the site.’
- ‘The two southernmost glory holes are large vertical features on the landscape and appear to be stopes opened to the surface.’
- ‘The glory hole pierces a nearby hillside, leading to early Arizona's greatest seam of gold.’
- ‘Following the initial excavation of the glory-hole area, an excavator was lowered into one glory hole and began digging out the material below the roof and stockpiling it at the base.’
3A small furnace used to keep glass malleable so that it can be worked.
- ‘My favourite term is the glory hole, a furnace you stick your punty into between gathers to keep the work sufficiently hot and soft.’
- ‘It is possible to blow glass bigger than the glory hole size, but only if it is spun out to a platter or bowl after the last reheat.’
- ‘There is nothing in the world like standing in front of a glory hole, balancing a pipe loaded with glass and feeling the heat.’
4US informal A hole in a wall through which fellatio or masturbation is conducted incognito between male homosexuals.
Early 19th century: of unknown origin.
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