rathole

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rathole

(ˈrætˌhəʊl)
n
1. a hole made or used by rats
2. censorious a squalid room or hiding place
3. US an apparently bottomless pit
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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Noun1.rathole - a hole (as in the wall of a building) made by rats
hole - an opening into or through something
2.rathole - a small dirty uncomfortable room
room - an area within a building enclosed by walls and floor and ceiling; "the rooms were very small but they had a nice view"
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
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