rabbit hole

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rabbit hole

n.
Something that is intricate or convoluted like a labyrinth and often has no outlet or resolution: "She was plunged down a rabbit hole of benefits changes, paperwork deadlines, ... insurance payoffs, and financial decisions" (Kristin Henderson).

[From the rabbit hole in Alice and Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, after entering which Alice encounters bizarre characters and situations impeding her escape.]
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Noun1.rabbit hole - a hole in the ground as a nest made by wild rabbitsrabbit hole - a hole in the ground as a nest made by wild rabbits
hollow, hole - a depression hollowed out of solid matter
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rabbit hole

ntana di coniglio
References in classic literature ?
when she thought it over afterwards, it occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT- POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on, Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large rabbit-hole under the hedge.
He was so tired that he flopped down upon the nice soft sand on the floor of the rabbit-hole, and shut his eyes.
It is said that several together (in this respect resembling the Carranchas) wait at the mouth of a rabbit-hole, and together seize on the animal when it comes out.