watering hole


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watering hole

 
1. Lit. a place where there is water for animals (and people) to drink. The elephants came down to the watering hole and chased away the lions so they could drink in peace.
2. Fig. a bar or tavern. Fred is down at the local watering hole boozing it up.
See also: hole, water

watering hole

n. a tavern. Now this place is one of my favorite watering holes.
See also: hole, water
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