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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 piece chronicles how YouTube sent a young man down a rabbit hole of increasingly extremist right-wing videosall the better for YouTube, which kept him clicking, all the worse for society.
A LITTLE dog trapped down a rabbit hole for five days was finally found alive by his sister.
ATHIEF'S explanation that the antique inkwell he stole from Warwick Castle might have disappeared down a rabbit hole didn't warren-t sympathy from a judge.
Sometimes a researcher goes down a rabbit hole and after their article is published, they keep going: Bryan Soderholm-Difatte published a paper previously demonstrating that George Stallings employed platooning with the 1914 "Miracle" Braves.
And then, some of us were just wandering down a road, minding our own business, and woke up at the bottom of a rabbit hole, dazed and confused, and pretty pissed off at the turn of events.
Then there are times when the TTAB goes down a rabbit hole and pops out with something so counter-intuitive it forces you to look twice --such as in the recent ruling in In re Rabbit Hole Spirits, LLC, Serial No.
When Alice drops into a rabbit hole, it leads her to the metaphorical meaning of the nature of reality, the world of Wonderland.
"It's a rabbit hole," you say, as you remove a small, white piece of cardboard from your pocket with the face of a rabbit on it.
The initiative's name is inspired by the story of Alice in Wonderland and her life-changing fall down a rabbit hole.
GLAD AS A BADGER A LOST baby badger has been rescued after falling down a rabbit hole and getting stuck.
It took more than three hours for firefighters in Shropshire to free a small Patterdale terrier who got stuck down a rabbit hole.
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London, May 27 (ANI): A dog got stuck in a rabbit hole in Haverfordwest, West Wales, and could manage to crawl out only after it lost a third of his body weight due to starvation for 25 days.
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Covered in dirt, eyelids almost sealed by the mud and thinner than a whippet - it turned out she'd been stuck down a rabbit hole and couldn't get out.