One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1informal An untidy storage place, especially a room or cupboard.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
2A small furnace used to keep glass malleable so that it can be worked.
- ‘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.’
- ‘My favourite term is the glory hole, a furnace you stick your punty into between gathers to keep the work sufficiently hot and soft.’
3US informal A hole in a wall through which fellatio or masturbation is conducted incognito.
Early 19th century: of unknown origin.
glory hole/ˈɡlôrē hōl/
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