Meaning of memory hole in English:

memory hole


  • An imaginary place where inconvenient or unpleasant information is put and quickly forgotten.

    ‘now that the trial's been postponed the whole case has dropped into the memory hole’
    • ‘Other fine buildings, however, have vanished down the memory hole so quickly that the architects could write only their obituaries.’
    • ‘For a peek at previous party lines, long since flushed down the memory hole, see this post.’
    • ‘I know the gadflies will keep on gadding - and more power to them - but this is clearly a story the media elites are determined to stuff down the memory hole.’
    • ‘Well, I'm wondering whether the attention may have been unwelcome because now the website seems to be down the memory hole.’
    • ‘While things are spiraling down into the memory hole it sometimes makes sense to give them a few quick tugs before they vanish into oblivion altogether.’
    • ‘It simply threw the embarrassing document down the memory hole.’
    • ‘It was published earlier this month and fell down the memory hole.’
    • ‘Oftentimes it is corporate reasons, such as copyright, that cause material to slide down the memory hole.’
    • ‘Will they allow their most unique legal rights to slip down the memory hole?’
    • ‘It appears that the time is now to snatch these scraps of history back out of the memory hole.’
    • ‘He explains the long delay by saying he had been ‘straining to recover [the recollection] from a very deep memory hole.’’
    • ‘So I expect that barring some explosive news (that incorporates real proof and not just assumptions this time) it'll be down the memory hole within a month.’
    • ‘Joan of Arc, Roland and Vercingetorix, all hardly known in France before 1870, were rescued from the memory hole by a nation that needed martyrs after the Prussian victory.’
    • ‘It turns out that I was there for the last home win in Montreal Expos history, a small claim to fame that I'll hold onto tightly as the team fades down the memory hole.’
    • ‘My work had disappeared down the cyber memory hole.’
    • ‘Straight down the memory hole with you, history!’
    • ‘Never underestimate the power of public relations efforts to determine what is remembered and what vanishes down the memory hole.’
    • ‘Then sell this mess of pottage by throwing reason, history and the economic facts of reality down the memory hole.’
    • ‘One more film in 1957 and then Garrett seemed a forgotten name buried deep down some memory hole.’
    • ‘Check them out now, as I predict these original claims will soon disappear down the memory hole.’


From George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, which described a slot where historical documents could be disposed of to allow for manipulation of memories of the past.