Definition of rabbit hole in English:

rabbit hole


  • 1A rabbit's burrow.

    ‘a heather-covered hillside full of rabbit holes’
    • ‘At least at his size he should not get stuck in a rabbit hole.’
    • ‘An army bomb squad was scrambled to dispose of an unexploded mortar shell found poking out of a rabbit hole.’
    • ‘The rabbit holes are covered with small nets fixed to the ground with a small wooden peg.’
    • ‘On the other side of the fence, the upper part of the field was full of rabbit holes.’
    • ‘After 11 days trapped down a rabbit hole, the dog had been given up for dead.’
    • ‘Rex went out and again we heard him barking: this time he was almost fully down the rabbit hole.’
    • ‘He injured his ankle within 30 seconds of City's first training session at their Scottish training camp, twisting it in a rabbit hole.’
  • 2Used to refer to a bizarre, confusing, or nonsensical situation or environment, typically one from which it is difficult to extricate oneself.

    ‘he'll continue fearmongering to promote his agenda no matter how far down the rabbit hole it takes him’
    • ‘I got lost down a rabbit hole of websites dedicated to papercraft, or the art of folding bits of paper into striking art.’
    • ‘In his acceptance speech, he said he's afraid that America is going down a rabbit hole.’
    • ‘Another even more baffling excursion down the rabbit hole of ponderous pretense is the next track, "Live Trap".’
    • ‘You are following your leader down a rabbit hole.’
    • ‘This approach is rational and time-saving for both readers and reporters who want to avoid being sucked down political rabbit holes.’
    • ‘That lease was the last cash contract I would sign before disappearing down the Silicon Valley rabbit hole.’
    • ‘And don't bother trying to figure out the science behind the fiction; this time travel freakout will put you in a rabbit hole with no way out.’
    • ‘We have fallen through the rabbit hole, and everything is something else.’
    • ‘Litigation offers a rabbit hole into that unseen world and its storied distortions of technique and method.’
    • ‘He seems to view this as a deep problem with economic theory, referring repeatedly to the rabbit hole into which free traders have fallen.’
    • ‘We really have no idea whether it's legitimate or not, and we don't want to go down the rabbit hole of global monetary conspiracies.’
    • ‘Scurry down the rabbit hole of speculation about who would win, Man U or England, and you're in danger of never returning.’


    With allusion to Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865), which describes how Alice enters a land of magic and strange logic by falling down a rabbit hole.