rabbit hole

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Extended senses reference Alice in Wonderland, where Alice travels down a rabbit burrow hole into a bizarre world.


rabbit hole (plural rabbit holes)

  1. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see rabbit,‎ hole. (The entrance to) a rabbit warren or burrow.
  2. (A way into) a bizarre world.
    These mushrooms will take you down the rabbit hole, man.
  3. A time-consuming tangent or detour, often from which it is difficult to extricate oneself.
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