One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A cramped or squalid room or building.
- ‘And not just ratholes; ratholes without a washing machine or air conditioning.’
- ‘I've looked at a number of places, both share situations and solo one-bedrooms, and I've discovered that lots of folks pay a whole lot of money to live in ratholes.’
- ‘The illness is key to the film's basic structure, careening between Hughes's high-flying grandiose business exploits and the suffocating rathole of his phobic hell.’
2North American Used to refer to the waste of money or resources.‘pouring our assets down the rathole of military expenditure’
- ‘‘If taxpayers were aware that a good chunk of their taxes were going down the rathole into these subsidies, they'd be marching on the Mall,’ said Myers in an interview.’
- ‘It's rather appropriate that the logo for Disney is a mouse, because The Walt Disney Company this week announced its intention to throw money down a rathole.’
- ‘It followed Dell into custom manufacturing, but while Dell moved into computers-as-capital-goods (selling servers and business systems), Gateway followed home computing down the consumer electronics rathole.’
- ‘This is not to say that more money might not make the difference, but the system is not binary, and we could well just be pouring more US money down a bottomless rathole.’
- ‘One can only hope some lonely auditor somewhere is figuring out what ratholes those funds went down too.’
verb[WITH OBJECT]North American
Hide (money or goods), typically as part of a fraud or deception.
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