a bottomless pit

a bottomless pit

1. A person who is always hungry. Her teenage son was like a bottomless pit as he devoured every last bit of food in the house. Sheesh, these kids are like a bottomless pit. Food vanishes almost as soon as I'm done cooking it! It makes no sense—my dad is super skinny, even though he's like a bottomless pit at mealtimes!
2. A situation that requires a seemingly endless amount of money or resources. With all the money and time we've sunk into repairs for the roof, windows, and foundation, this house has become a bottomless pit. The problem with buying used cars is that, even if they started off being cheap, they often turn into bottomless pits as they start breaking down. I bought this restaurant because of its prime downtown location, but with all the repairs and the huge amount of staff needed to run it, it's proven to be quite a bottomless pit.
3. The limitless cause or source of something, typically something difficult or problematic. Everything is going wrong lately, like challenges are coming from a bottomless pit or something. In my experience as a semi-famous person, social media is a bottomless pit of negativity. Someone is always unhappy with you about something. A cancer diagnosis is truly a bottomless pit of tests, scans, and doctors' appointments.
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the bottomless pit

euphemism Hell. The phrase comes from the Bible. Repent now, o ye sinners, or be cast into the bottomless pit for all eternity!
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a bottomless ˈpit (of something)

a thing or situation which seems to have no limits or seems never to end: There isn’t a bottomless pit of money for public spending.the bottomless pit of his sorrow
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bottomless pit

1. n. a very hungry person. The guy is a bottomless pit. There isn’t enough food in town to fill him up.
2. n. an endless source of something, usually something troublesome. Our problems come from a bottomless pit. There is just no end to them.
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

bottomless pit, the

Hell; also, something or someone that uses up all one’s energy or resources. The expression appears several times in the Bible, most notably in the Book of Revelation (“and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit,” 9:1; “And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit,” 20:1). In the eighteenth century, the term was humorously used for the English statesman William Pitt the younger (1759– 1806), who was very thin, and it still is jocularly used for a seemingly insatiable individual of huge appetite.
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"It's very apt to set him off with the same energy in a much worse direction," answered Fisher; "a pretty endless sort of direction, a bottomless pit as deep as the bottomless well."
Although the boy had told me that it was but ten feet to the floor below I experienced the same thrills as though I were hanging above a bottomless pit. Then I released my hold and dropped--four feet to a soft cushion of sand.
These papers are delivered to a set of artists, very dexterous in finding out the mysterious meanings of words, syllables, and letters: for instance, they can discover a close stool, to signify a privy council; a flock of geese, a senate; a lame dog, an invader; the plague, a standing army; a buzzard, a prime minister; the gout, a high priest; a gibbet, a secretary of state; a chamber pot, a committee of grandees; a sieve, a court lady; a broom, a revolution; a mouse-trap, an employment; a bottomless pit, a treasury; a sink, a court; a cap and bells, a favourite; a broken reed, a court of justice; an empty tun, a general; a running sore, the administration.
The bay was like a bottomless pit of intense light.
Into what a bottomless pit has my lust after gold plunged me.
We all know the NHS isn't a bottomless pit and can't afford everything for everyone, sans social revolution.
He said: "People need to understand in cases of this sort that benefits do not come from a bottomless pit - they are there for the truly needy.
Far-reaching changes are needed to keep the National Health Service free at the point of delivery and this means users have to be more mindful of the way they use the service, and those who work in the service must realise that taxpayer-funding is not a bottomless pit.
NURSING LEADERS have variously described Budget 2017, delivered last month, as "completely lacking in delivering primary health care funding", "lacking investment in the workforce" and "pouring money into a bottomless pit".
At a time when the NHS has received record funding, we must all recognise that there is not a bottomless pit of money and those working in the service must work smarter and those using the service must be more mindful of how they use the service.
While accepting that public funds are not a bottomless pit, we were deeply touched by the plight of Anne Maclean-Chang.
He said: "I don't know if the general public thinks we are a government body receiving subsidies and able to pay our employees from a bottomless pit of money.
Judge Geraint Walters told her at Caernarfon crown court that such cash didn't come from "a bottomless pit" and was intended for the needy.
The penny finally dropped that I wasn't a bottomless pit of cash and I had to work hard to earn money.
In most cases this includes repayment of the original sum, plus interest, but I feel once you start this process of borrowing, you are simply digging yourself into a bottomless pit, as debt will always haunt you.