Definition of watering hole in English:

watering hole

noun

  • 1A waterhole from which animals regularly drink.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Unattended sensors under development can be placed at key transit points (such as watering holes or mountain passes) and alert analysts to activity.’
    • ‘In a terrestrial context this scenario might be likened to gazelles, wildebeests, and lions gathering around a watering hole.’
    • ‘Ira eyes his friend, instincts kicking in - picture a gazelle at a communal watering hole, ears pricked for lurking carnivores.’
    • ‘At the few remaining watering holes, wolves lie in wait for wild camels.’
    • ‘Although dry and dusty in fall, come spring these rock aquariums will shelter baby shrimp and serve as wildlife watering holes.’
    • ‘The children of a cattle rancher found the California red-legged frogs while playing around watering holes on their property, wildlife officials said Tuesday.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is also a popular watering hole to gaggles of geese which fly in from time to time.’
    • ‘The crater floor is dotted with watering holes and holds almost 30,000 wild animals.’
    • ‘Well imagine there's three gazelles, right, drinking at a watering hole, yeah?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There were hoof prints at the watering holes, deer or boar or both.’
    • ‘We were distressed by the sight of children having to fetch and carry water from a watering hole.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Delora stood up looking at the waterfall that filled up the watering hole.’
    • ‘I have a regular watering hole, so you do get to know the staff who work there.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    watering place, water hole, spring
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    1. 1.1informal A pub or bar.
      ‘a watering hole for singles’
      • ‘With nothing much in the way between the watering holes, certainly no hills to speak of, we looked set for the perfect pub crawl.’
      • ‘The rain eventually stopped and the die hard golfers emerged from the watering holes to carry on with their round.’
      • ‘While several versions may be heard, especially at the island's more popular watering holes, it seems everyone agrees on one point.’
      • ‘The group also acquired two prestigious watering holes among a dozen pubs and hotels earlier this year.’
      • ‘Now that nobody's smoking, I've noticed there's a curious new aroma wafting around our local watering holes.’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Therefore, we can all go to the wedding, then duck down to the hotel bar or similar watering hole to view the game.’
      • ‘Another trio is discussing the best watering holes in the Far East.’
      • ‘So, last night, to celebrate being in the new flat for a week we decided to visit the third of 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.’
      • ‘You can buy a bottle of beer and sit alone in your room or drink in more up-market watering holes!’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘However, it's not all that's on the menu in local watering holes.’
      • ‘What's said at the watering hole should stay at the watering hole.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Down in the rabbit warren of watering holes off Walking Street, and opposite the Marine Bar, is a new live music bar/nightclub.’
      • ‘Middle-aged women don't usually cause overnight literary sensations, especially when they live in isolated valleys hours from the watering holes of Soho.’

Pronunciation

watering hole