Meaning of rathole

rat•hole

Pronunciation: (rat'hōl"), [key]
— n.
  1. a hole made by a rat, as into a room, barn, etc.: The first chore in the old building is to plug up the ratholes.
  2. the burrow or shelter of a rat.
  3. any small and uncomfortable room, office, apartment, etc., esp. one that is dirty or disordered: He lives in a rathole near the docks.
  4. for a worthless purpose or purposes: seeing your inheritance disappear down the rathole.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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