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rabbit hole

A situation, journey, or process that is particularly strange, problematic, difficult, complex, or chaotic, especially one that becomes increasingly so as it develops or unfolds. An allusion to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, it is used especially in the phrase "(go) down the rabbit hole." Overhauling the current tax legislation is a rabbit hole I don't think this administration should go down at this point. I've stayed away from drugs and alcohol since coming to college. I have an addictive personality, so I decided to just avoid that rabbit hole altogether.
See also: hole, rabbit
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The Through the Rabbit Hole play space includes kids' activities and imaginative play, with a trail of White Rabbit pawprints to follow around the gallery.
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Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by David Lindsay-Abaire, Rabbit Hole is set in suburban America and tells the story of Becca and Howie Corbett (Aaron Eckhart), a married couple struggling to return to their everyday existence several months after the death of their six-year-old boy.
An Internet search can take you down the rabbit hole that twists and turns at every corner and creates little value.
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Shortly after receiving a proposal of marriage, 19-year-old Alice finds herself back down a rabbit hole and into Wonderland, which she previously encountered as a young girl.
American politics is getting curiouser and curiouser as we venture down what has become an "Alice in Wonderland"-like rabbit hole of health care reform.
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I've read the two previous Echo Falls mysteries featuring Ingrid (Down the Rabbit Hole and Behind the Curtain) and enjoyed them, but I think this one may be the best of all.
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He also examines how the idea of other dimensions has permeated not only science but also popular culture and literature--from Plato's suggestion that we perceive mere shadows of reality to Lewis Carroll's conception of a rabbit hole for Alice's passage from the real world.
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