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post·hole

 (pōst′hōl′)
n.
A hole dug in the ground to hold a fence post.

posthole

(ˈpəʊstˌhəʊl)
n
a hole dug in the ground to hold a post
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Noun1.posthole - a hole dug in the ground to hold a fence post
hole - an opening deliberately made in or through something
References in classic literature ?
Minor Premise : One man can dig a posthole in sixty seconds; therefore --
Conclusion : Sixty men can dig a posthole in one second.
Mutti's collection includes hundreds of conventional oneman chainsaws as well as specialty units he refers to as "oddballs." A couple of the oddballs do not even have chains, including a Mono saw (sold by Montgomery Ward & Co.) with an auger attachment used to dig postholes.
"We started to clear away the debris and found an incredibly well-preserved steep ramp, with two staircasetype structures at the side of it and postholes, that would have been filled with wooden beams to create a pulleytype structure.
Dr Roland said: "We started to clear away the debris and found an incredibly well preserved steep ramp, with two staircase type structures at the side of it and postholes - that would have been filled with wooden beams to create a pulley type structure.
Along the sides of the ancient ramp are two staircases lined with postholes, to which ropes were likely tied thousands of years ago to drag the huge stone blocks.
Digging beneath a central shrine, the team uncovered postholes pointing to a wooden railing surrounding a tree shrine and dating to around 550 B.C.
At least two other installations were placed on these floors, including a mudbrick-lined fireplace, and a feature with two identical postholes placed close to each other.
Rosenswig describes a Late Preceramic possible living site with patinated lithics, pits, and postholes associated with a buried orange aceramic soil stratum from Caye Coco in northern Belize [35].
Other marks in the quarry face are beginning to reveal the work methods associated with extracting the blocks--these include rope holes, foot holes, and postholes that would have held the scaffolding and helped the workers to work the faces to a considerable height--the quarry contains faces as high as 40 meters.
I'd dug postholes by hand over the years for things like gates, decks and small fences around the house, and I'd driven my share of metal fence posts for wire fences, but the thought of digging all those 6- and 8-inch posts by hand had me a little apprehensive.
Most of the features found were postholes for a building.