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thumb +‎ hole


thumbhole (plural thumbholes)

  1. A hole designed to receive a thumb.
    • 2007 January 7, David Colman, “It’s Like Nothing, Really”, in New York Times[1]:
      The paint set is the top-of-the-line model, the Extra-Fine Oil Artist’s Box with a 39-tube spectrum of colors, 6 different painting mediums, 10 brushes (5 sable and 5 hog bristle), palette knives and a palette (with old-fashioned thumbholes), all in a portable walnut box.