American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A place that is considered a breeding ground for epidemic disease.
- n. A place where a pest (contagious disease) is present or likely
- n. a breeding ground for epidemic disease
- pest (“disease”) + hole (“miserable place”) (Wiktionary)
“Panama had been known as a pesthole since the earliest Spanish settlement.”
“The pesthole could be a proving ground, an opportunity to succeed gloriously, for all the world to see, where a less industrious, less manly, and less virtuous people had failed so ignominiously.”
“In fact, remind me again why we ever acquired this uncivilized pesthole of a state in the first place.”
“If he'd kept his big, nasty mouth shut, maybe people could have stood to have that pesthole around longer.”
“CBS's stated reasons for choosing to shoot in this gorgeous pesthole was "the country's natural beauty and the high level of support from the government.”
“A Republican candidate who is so horrible that he has a low chance of winning but a high chance of either turning the U.S. into an authoritarian pesthole or the world into a cinder, or both, if he wins, or one who would be marginally endurable if he won but a higher chance of winning?”
“Leeches, oversized insects, and parasites thrived in the pesthole.”
“Captain Renault: I'm shocked, shocked to find that you think that the Sudan is a festering pesthole of murderous barbarians, who are demanding to whip an innocent teacher because of a perverted distortion of their religion.”
“It was more than he would have expected of himself if someone had told him to stand in this pesthole street in the black of night for some unknown stretch of time.”
“This is my chance to reform this pesthole," he said.”
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