What does rathole mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rathole(noun)

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

  2. rathole(noun)

    a small dirty uncomfortable room


  1. rathole(Noun)

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

  2. rathole(Noun)

    A living area used by mice or rats.

  3. rathole(Noun)

    A particularly squalid human residence.

  4. rathole(Noun)

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

  5. rathole(Verb)

    to hoard.

  6. rathole(Verb)

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

  7. rathole(Verb)

    to surreptitiously or prematurely remove chips during a poker game.

  8. rathole(Verb)

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

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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How to say rathole in sign language?

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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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