a made by a , as into a room, barn, etc.:
The first chore in the old building is to plug up the ratholes.
the burrow or shelter of a .
any small and uncomfortable room, office, apartment, etc., especially one that is dirty or disordered:
He lives in a rathole near the docks.
down the rathole, for a worthless purpose or purposes:
seeing your inheritance disappear down the rathole.
also rathole, 1812 in figurative sense of “nasty, messy place;” rat (n.) + hole (n.). As “bottomless hole” (especially one where money goes) from 1961.
A wretched, messy place; a filthy hovel; dump: Those days we lived in a rathole (1812+)
To store up food and supplies; stockpile; stash (1950s+)
pour money down the drain
/ˈræthaʊs/ noun 1. (Austral, slang) a psychiatric hospital or asylum
[raht-skel-er, rat-, rath-] /ˈrɑtˌskɛl ər, ˈræt-, ˈræθ-/ noun 1. (in Germany) the cellar of a town hall, often used as a beer hall or restaurant. 2. a restaurant patterned on the German rathskeller, usually located below street level. n. 1900, from German ratskeller, earlier rathskeller, “a cellar in a German town hall in which beer […]
[rat-uh-sahyd] /ˈræt əˌsaɪd/ noun 1. a substance or preparation for killing . noun the killing of a rat or rats; an agent that kills rats
adjective pertaining to something which can be confirmed, as a legal matter, etc. Examples A ratifiable agreement is not in the cards. Word Origin 1917