Synonyms of hole in English:

hole


See definition of hole

noun

1‘there was a hole in the roof where the tiles had fallen away’

SYNONYMS

opening, aperture, gap, space, orifice, slot, vent, outlet, chink, breach

break, crack, leak, rift, rupture

puncture, perforation, cut, incision, split, gash, rent, slit, cleft, crevice, fissure

spyhole, peephole, keyhole

foramen

archaic loophole

2‘they were digging a hole in the ground’

SYNONYMS

pit, ditch, trench, cavity, crater, depression, hollow

well, borehole, excavation, shaft, mineshaft, dugout

cave, cavern, pothole, chamber, gorge, chasm, canyon, ravine

3‘they dug the badger out of his hole’

SYNONYMS

burrow, lair, den, covert, earth, sett, drey, retreat, shelter, cave

4‘the captives were thrown into a black hole’

SYNONYMS

dungeon, cell, underground cell, oubliette, prison

5‘a recent article highlighted some holes in their argument’

SYNONYMS

flaw, fault, defect, weakness, weak point, shortcoming, inconsistency, discrepancy, loophole, error, mistake, fallacy

6‘I was living in a real hole’

SYNONYMS

hovel, slum, shack, mess

dump, dive, pigsty, tip, joint

ANTONYMS

palace

7‘they have been known to embezzle their clients' money when they are in a hole’

SYNONYMS

predicament, difficult situation, awkward situation, mess, corner, tight corner, quandary, dilemma, muddle, emergency, crisis, imbroglio

difficulty, trouble, plight, dire straits

fix, jam, bind, spot, tight spot, scrape, pickle, sticky situation, hot water, deep water

British spot of bother


verb

1‘a fuel tank was holed by the attack and a fire started’

SYNONYMS

puncture, make a hole in, perforate, pierce, penetrate, rupture, spike, stab, split, slit, rent, lacerate, gash, gore


Phrases

    pick holes in

      ‘it's really not too difficult to pick holes in the plan’

      SYNONYMS

      find fault with, criticize, attack, condemn

      disparage, denigrate, deride, belittle, run down, complain about, quibble about, carp about, cavil at, scoff at, moan about, grouse about, grouch about, grumble about, whine about

      knock, bad-mouth, do down, gripe about, beef about, bellyache about, bitch about, whinge about, nitpick over, sound off about, pull to pieces

      British

      slag off, have a go at, rubbish

      ANTONYMS

      praise

      ‘the judge picked holes in the prosecution's case’

      SYNONYMS

      find fault with, quarrel with, fault, criticize, argue against, argue with, take exception to, attack, take issue with, find lacking, impugn, contradict, dispute, rebut, complain about, cavil at, carp at, object to, be hostile to

      informal

      knock

      formal

      gainsay

      rare

      controvert

    hole up

      1‘it was getting time for the bears to hole up’

      SYNONYMS

      hibernate, lie dormant, winter, overwinter, lie torpid, go to sleep

      2‘the snipers holed up in a nearby farmhouse’

      SYNONYMS

      hide, hide out, hide oneself, conceal oneself, secrete oneself, shelter, take cover, lie low, go to ground, go to earth, go underground

      British

      lie doggo

      ANTONYMS

      come out into the open