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1. A source of water where animals congregate to drink, especially in an arid environment. Because animals are made vulnerable while drinking, watering holes are an especially popular hunting ground for predators in the desert.
2. A bar, pub, or tavern, especially one at which one spends a lot of time. This is by far my favorite watering hole in the entire city. If you're looking for Larry, chances are good he's at some watering hole or another getting wasted.
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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
watering holea pub or bar. informal humorous euphemistic
The expression developed from the original literal sense, ‘a waterhole where animals regularly drink’.
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n. a tavern. Now this place is one of my favorite watering holes.
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