swimming hole

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swimming hole (plural swimming holes)

  1. (chiefly Australia, New Zealand) An area for swimming in a stream or river.
    • 1985, Peter Carey, Illywhacker, Faber & Faber 2003, page 95:
      The path, so she had been told, followed the river to the big swimming hole and the falls beyond.
    • 1895, Forrest Crissey, The Young Newspaper Scout, W.B. Conkey Company, page 33:
      The boys' swimming-hole was nearly a mile from town, it was a secluded spot — Blue Lick running close to the side of the hill, with massive rocks jutting out from its rugged front, and forming almost a canopy over the swimming-hole.