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.
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.
3. The 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.
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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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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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References in classic literature ?
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.
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.
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.
A "real Budget", rather than pouring money into a bottomless pit, would focus on housing, parenting, nutrition and New Zealand's appalling rate of imprisonment, the end result of the former not being addressed, she said.
The penny finally dropped that I wasn't a bottomless pit of cash and I had to work hard to earn money.
He panders to the idea that there is a bottomless pit of money available for all the benefits, the NHS and infrastructure developments he'd like to see
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.
Obviously the NHS does not have a bottomless pit of money.
Quite clearly our new crime commissioner has not learned any lessons from his past years as a councillor as he still believes that council taxpayers are a bottomless pit.
The EU's financial resources are not unlimited, and it is irresponsible to throw money in a bottomless pit," stated the German Finance Minister.
Nova Makedonija carries an article about the verbal war between Greece and Germany and cites German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schable comparing Greece to a bottomless pit and raising serious doubts that the leadership in Athens would implement the austerity measures that Europe demands of Greece.