Synonyms of hole in English:

hole


See definition of hole

noun

1‘there was a hole in the roof where the tiles had fallen away’

SYNONYMS
opening, aperture, gap, space, orifice, slot, vent, outlet, chink, breach
break, crack, leak, rift, rupture
puncture, perforation, cut, incision, split, gash, rent, slit, cleft, crevice, fissure
peephole, keyhole
British spyhole
foramen
archaic loophole

2‘they were digging a hole in the ground’

SYNONYMS
pit, ditch, trench, cavity, crater, depression, hollow
well, borehole, excavation, shaft, mineshaft, dugout
cave, cavern, pothole, chamber, gorge, chasm, canyon, ravine

3‘they dug the badger out of his hole’

SYNONYMS
burrow, lair, den, covert, earth, sett, drey, retreat, shelter, cave

4‘the captives were thrown into a black hole’

SYNONYMS
dungeon, cell, underground cell, oubliette, prison

5‘a recent article highlighted some holes in their argument’

SYNONYMS
flaw, fault, defect, weakness, weak point, shortcoming, inconsistency, discrepancy, loophole, error, mistake, fallacy

6‘I was living in a real hole’

SYNONYMS
hovel, slum, shack, mess
informal dump, dive, pigsty, joint
British informal tip
ANTONYMS

palace

7‘they have been known to embezzle their clients' money when they are in a hole’

SYNONYMS
predicament, diffict situation, awkward situation, mess, corner, tight corner, quandary, dilemma, muddle, emergency, crisis, imbroglio
difficulty, trouble, plight, dire straits
informal fix, jam, bind, spot, tight spot, scrape, pickle, sticky situation, hot water, deep water
British informal spot of bother

verb

1‘a fuel tank was holed by the attack and a fire started’

SYNONYMS
puncture, make a hole in, perforate, pierce, penetrate, rupture, spike, stab, split, slit, rent, lacerate, gash, gore

Phrases

    pick holes in

    ‘it's really not too difficult to pick holes in the plan’


    SYNONYMS
    find fault with, criticize, attack, condemn
    disparage, denigrate, deride, belittle, run down, complain about, quibble about, carp about, cavil at, scoff at, moan about, grouse about, grouch about, grumble about, whine about
    Northern English twine about
    informal knock, bad-mouth, do down, gripe about, beef about, bellyache about, bitch about, nitpick over, sound off about, pull to pieces
    British informal whinge about, slag off, have a go at, rubbish
    ANTONYMS

    praise

    ‘the judge picked holes in the prosecution's case’


    SYNONYMS
    find fault with, quarrel with, fault, criticize, argue against, argue with, take exception to, attack, take issue with, find lacking, impugn, contradict, dispute, rebut, complain about, cavil at, carp at, object to, be hostile to
    informal knock
    formal gainsay
    rare controvert
    hole up

    1‘it was getting time for the bears to hole up’


    SYNONYMS
    hibernate, lie dormant, winter, overwinter, lie torpid, go to sleep

    2‘the snipers holed up in a nearby farmhouse’


    SYNONYMS
    hide, hide out, hide oneself, conceal oneself, secrete oneself, shelter, take cover, lie low, go to ground, go to earth, go underground
    British informal lie doggo
    ANTONYMS

    come out into the open