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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ratholenoun

    a hole (as in the wall of a building) made by rats

  2. ratholenoun

    a small dirty uncomfortable room


  1. ratholenoun

    An entrance to a living area or passageway used by mice or rats.

  2. ratholenoun

    A living area used by mice or rats.

  3. ratholenoun

    A particularly squalid human residence.

  4. ratholenoun

    An area of a silo that has undergone ratholing, so that material moves mostly through the centre and accumulates around the edges.

  5. ratholeverb

    to hoard.

  6. ratholeverb

    to take a conversation off topic, especially in technical meetings.

  7. ratholeverb

    to surreptitiously or prematurely remove chips during a poker game.

  8. ratholeverb

    (of material) to empty only in the center of a hopper or silo, persisting circumferentially.


  1. rathole

    A rathole is an expression which has multiple interpretations depending on the context. Generally, it refers to a hole in the ground made by a rat for habitation. In a broader sense, it can refer to any small, uncomfortable, or dirty place. In business lingo, it refers to an unauthorized or hidden fund or repository for money or supplies. Additionally, during discussions or meetings, 'going down the rathole' means veering off the main topic and moving towards unrelated or unimportant areas.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. rathole

    [from the English idiom “down a rathole” for a waste of money or time] A technical subject that is known to be able to absorb infinite amounts of discussion time without more than an infinitesimal probability of arrival at a conclusion or consensus. “That's a rathole” (or just “Rathole!”) is considered a pre-emptive bid to change the subject. The difference between ratholes and religious issues is that a holy war cannot be pre-empted in this way. Canonical examples are XML namespaces and open-source licensing.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rathole in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rathole in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7


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    the verbal act of urging on
    • A. scalawag
    • B. instigation
    • C. subrogation
    • D. maculation

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