soakaway

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

soak +‎ away

Noun[edit]

soakaway (plural soakaways)

  1. (chiefly UK) A deep hole used for drainage, where rainwater and other wastewater drains directly into the ground, without connection to any mains drainage or sewerage pipes.
    • 1916, H. G. Wells, Mr. Britling Sees It Through, ch. 9:
      These trenches, you know,are much deeper than one's height; you don't see anything. It's like walking along a mud-walled passage. Every now and then some one stumbles into a soakaway for rainwater.

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