rathole also rat-hole, 1812 in figurative sense of "nasty, messy place;" RAT (Cf. rat) + HOLE (Cf. hole) (n.).

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  • rathole — n. hole made by a rat; rat s burrow, shelter of a rat; small messy and uncomfortable room (Slang) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • rathole — noun N. Amer. informal a cramped or squalid room or building …   English new terms dictionary

  • rathole — n. disgusting place …   English slang

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