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- Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see rabbit, hole. (The entrance to) a rabbit warren or burrow.
- 1866, Lewis Carroll, chapter 1, in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland:
- The rabbit-hole went straight on like a tunnel for some way, and then dipped suddenly down, so suddenly that Alice had not a moment to think about stopping herself before she found herself falling down what seemed to be a very deep well.
- (usually with article) A bizarre world, where everyday rules do not apply.
- (usually with article) A way into such a world.
- Synonym: looking-glass
- These mushrooms will take you down the rabbit hole, man.
- 1999, The Wachowskis, 0:29:05 from the start, in The Matrix, spoken by Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne):
- You take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.
- (by extension) A time-consuming tangent or detour, often one from which it is difficult to extricate oneself.
- Synonym: wild-goose chase
- I'm also a fan of a really obscure book series, but that's a rabbit hole that we won't get into.
- While writing my paper, my research went down several rabbit holes that were only marginally related and wasted a lot of my time.
- 2017, Judith Aston, Sandra Gaudenzi, Mandy Rose, I-Docs: The Evolving Practices of Interactive Documentary, →ISBN:
- My point is not to go down the rabbit hole of deconstructing the term documentary, […]
- 2018, GAPS Stories, Chelsea Green Publishing, →ISBN:
- I felt pretty strongly that non-food supplements would be a complicated, expensive rabbit hole that rarely cure children fully of anxiety / autism / etc. (especially in the absence of enough nourishing food).
- (gaming) The initial clue that leads to an alternate reality game.
- Synonym: trailhead
(entrance to) a rabbit warren or burrow
way into a bizarre world — see looking-glass
time-consuming tangent or detour
gaming: clue that leads to an alternate reality game
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