Definition of rabbit hole in English:

rabbit hole


  • 1A rabbit's burrow.

    ‘a heather-covered hillside full of rabbit holes’
    • ‘The rabbit holes are covered with small nets fixed to the ground with a small wooden peg.’
    • ‘After 11 days trapped down a rabbit hole, the dog had been given up for dead.’
    • ‘An army bomb squad was scrambled to dispose of an unexploded mortar shell found poking out of a rabbit hole.’
    • ‘At least at his size he should not get stuck in a rabbit hole.’
    • ‘Rex went out and again we heard him barking: this time he was almost fully down the rabbit hole.’
    • ‘On the other side of the fence, the upper part of the field was full of rabbit holes.’
    • ‘He injured his ankle within 30 seconds of City's first training session at their Scottish training camp, twisting it in a rabbit hole.’
  • 2Used to refer to a bizarre, confusing, or nonsensical situation or environment, typically one from which it is difficult to extricate oneself.

    ‘he'll continue fearmongering to promote his agenda no matter how far down the rabbit hole it takes him’
    • ‘And don't bother trying to figure out the science behind the fiction; this time travel freakout will put you in a rabbit hole with no way out.’
    • ‘He seems to view this as a deep problem with economic theory, referring repeatedly to the rabbit hole into which free traders have fallen.’
    • ‘That lease was the last cash contract I would sign before disappearing down the Silicon Valley rabbit hole.’
    • ‘This approach is rational and time-saving for both readers and reporters who want to avoid being sucked down political rabbit holes.’
    • ‘Another even more baffling excursion down the rabbit hole of ponderous pretense is the next track, "Live Trap".’
    • ‘We have fallen through the rabbit hole, and everything is something else.’
    • ‘Litigation offers a rabbit hole into that unseen world and its storied distortions of technique and method.’
    • ‘You are following your leader down a rabbit hole.’
    • ‘We really have no idea whether it's legitimate or not, and we don't want to go down the rabbit hole of global monetary conspiracies.’
    • ‘I got lost down a rabbit hole of websites dedicated to papercraft, or the art of folding bits of paper into striking art.’
    • ‘Scurry down the rabbit hole of speculation about who would win, Man U or England, and you're in danger of never returning.’
    • ‘In his acceptance speech, he said he's afraid that America is going down a rabbit hole.’