Definition of watering hole in English:

watering hole

noun

  • 1A waterhole from which animals regularly drink.

    • ‘Ira eyes his friend, instincts kicking in - picture a gazelle at a communal watering hole, ears pricked for lurking carnivores.’
    • ‘In a terrestrial context this scenario might be likened to gazelles, wildebeests, and lions gathering around a watering hole.’
    • ‘There were hoof prints at the watering holes, deer or boar or both.’
    • ‘Well imagine there's three gazelles, right, drinking at a watering hole, yeah?’
    • ‘The setting sun cast elongated shadows over the flat landscape and welcomed blood-sucking insects to an evening of feasting around the small watering hole.’
    • ‘The crater floor is dotted with watering holes and holds almost 30,000 wild animals.’
    • ‘They flew silently, a very, very deliberate silence, entering the canopy through a large circular opening and landed at the shores of the watering hole they had all flown over so many times before without ever daring to fly lower.’
    • ‘Although dry and dusty in fall, come spring these rock aquariums will shelter baby shrimp and serve as wildlife watering holes.’
    • ‘You would see his staff along the wall, and he would turn their to them and they would act like - like a deer or antelope at the watering hole when the lion raises his head from drinking.’
    • ‘Unattended sensors under development can be placed at key transit points (such as watering holes or mountain passes) and alert analysts to activity.’
    • ‘We were distressed by the sight of children having to fetch and carry water from a watering hole.’
    • ‘However, most Maasai males in the southwestern region of arid plains spend their youth moving with family cattle herds from watering hole to watering hole - a lifestyle that leaves little time for school.’
    • ‘I have a regular watering hole, so you do get to know the staff who work there.’
    • ‘Turn to your left and five long necks emerge over the horizon as giraffes head for a watering hole, past a herd of wildebeest keeping their eyes peeled for a glimpse of a leopard.’
    • ‘The children of a cattle rancher found the California red-legged frogs while playing around watering holes on their property, wildlife officials said Tuesday.’
    • ‘In the wild, tigers prefer to stay in cool shady places and visit the watering holes at least three to four times during summer days, say experts.’
    • ‘It is also a popular watering hole to gaggles of geese which fly in from time to time.’
    • ‘Delora stood up looking at the waterfall that filled up the watering hole.’
    • ‘At the few remaining watering holes, wolves lie in wait for wild camels.’
    • ‘He said the closure of the lake would hinder the social life of locals because it was the only watering hole close to Three Springs and surrounding areas.’
    watering hole, watering place, water hole, spring
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    1. 1.1informal A tavern or bar.
      • ‘What's said at the watering hole should stay at the watering hole.’
      • ‘You can buy a bottle of beer and sit alone in your room or drink in more up-market watering holes!’
      • ‘Now that nobody's smoking, I've noticed there's a curious new aroma wafting around our local watering holes.’
      • ‘And as part of their project, they visited a range of watering holes throughout central Hull to see what kind of drink dispensers are already used, in a scheme tailor-made for students.’
      • ‘Down in the rabbit warren of watering holes off Walking Street, and opposite the Marine Bar, is a new live music bar/nightclub.’
      • ‘Some watering holes continue to run merrily till late into the night while everyone knows that for the dancing-singing bars, the deadline is dawn!’
      • ‘However, it's not all that's on the menu in local watering holes.’
      • ‘Another trio is discussing the best watering holes in the Far East.’
      • ‘Middle-aged women don't usually cause overnight literary sensations, especially when they live in isolated valleys hours from the watering holes of Soho.’
      • ‘The group also acquired two prestigious watering holes among a dozen pubs and hotels earlier this year.’
      • ‘While several versions may be heard, especially at the island's more popular watering holes, it seems everyone agrees on one point.’
      • ‘So, last night, to celebrate being in the new flat for a week we decided to visit the third of our local watering holes.’
      • ‘The rain eventually stopped and the die hard golfers emerged from the watering holes to carry on with their round.’
      • ‘Therefore, we can all go to the wedding, then duck down to the hotel bar or similar watering hole to view the game.’
      • ‘Perhaps best known as a watering hole, the bar also has a menu that aims to please, with everything from comforting homebakes to late-night tapas, via a broad and recently extended brunch menu.’
      • ‘With nothing much in the way between the watering holes, certainly no hills to speak of, we looked set for the perfect pub crawl.’
      • ‘Not only is there no time to do anything else, there's no time to look for a watering hole the locals might actually go to.’
      • ‘You could spend long, deliciously miserable evenings in a corner of your local watering hole, grizzling into your beer and moaning to your mates about the general unhappiness of your lot.’
      • ‘He eases his leg onto the adjacent barstool at the Roadside Inn, the town watering hole, and takes a sip from a frothy mug of beer.’
      • ‘Anyway, I'd just like to say thanks to everybody for making Whiskey Bar such a friendly watering hole - and a special thanks to those of you who've helped cover the bar tab.’

Pronunciation

watering hole

/ˈwɔdərɪŋ ˌhoʊl/