hellhole

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First recorded in 1866.

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hellhole (plural hellholes)

  1. A place of intense hatred, misery, or turmoil.
    • 2020 July 23, Chris Daw, “A stain on national life': why are we locking up so many children?”, in The Guardian[1]:
      we happily condemn damaged children – at enormous expense – to hellholes like Feltham, where they are more likely to be assaulted or killed than to find an escape from the revolving doors of courts, prisons and addiction.

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