Johnson hole

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Named, for its size, after Jack Johnson (1878-1946), the world heavyweight boxing champion until 1915.


Johnson hole (plural Johnson holes)

  1. (military slang, now historical) A large shell crater during the First World War.
    • 1937, David Jones, In Parenthesis, Part 3:
      And to his immediate front, below the shelving ramp, a circular calm water graced the deep of a Johnson hole []
    • 2005, Gordon Williams, British Theatre in the Great War, page 196:
      A running joke is the supposed general who has fallen into a Johnson hole, and Bert's anxiety about whether he should ‘let him drift or fish 'im out’.