Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A hole dug in the ground to hold a fence post.

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  • n. A cut feature used to hold a surface timber or stone, usually much deeper than it is wide.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a hole dug in the ground to hold a fence post

Etymologies

post +‎ hole (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • With his own hands he tossed what was left of her head into the posthole he'd excavated in the woods six or eight weeks earlier.

    Penultimate Vampirekiller for 2012

  • Or else the truth: Sorry but zero interest in another man, they are too much work and too self-centered and they think you exist for nothing but their own personal convenience, and they can't tell a woman from a rubber blimp or their dick from a posthole digger and they guzzle up the scotch like there's no tomorrow, and they never clean out the ashes after the cozy fireside evenings.

    Margaret Atwood | Underbrush Man

  • Too much trouble to unload the posthole digger, roll of barbed wire, and assorted tools cluttered in the truck bed.

    No Mercy

  • I fetch the brand-new posthole digger and ask the kids if they want to play in the dirt with me.

    MY EMPIRE OF DIRT

  • Once convinced that the posthole digger is finally picking up sand, I sit cross-legged at the bottom of my spider hole.

    MY EMPIRE OF DIRT

  • The posthole digger slides in and out of the softened ground with ease.

    The Madonnas of Echo Park

  • They sunk them posts four foot deep with posthole diggers.

    Come Again No More

  •   By digging under Bluestone 34 and exposing the posthole or foundation for it, they hope to find bone or other organic material underneath that can be similarly dated -- at B.C.

    Secrets of the Circle

  • Three of us – Magen, Jossalyn, and Theresa – found large pieces of glass in their posthole features.

    2007 Field Report 3 « Interactive Dig Johnson's Island – Unlocking a Civil War Prison

  • They're using posthole diggers, they're stringing barbed wire and they're saying, we want our border to be secured.

    CNN Transcript May 4, 2006

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  • This is one of those words that doesn't immediately strike me as a compound word.

    WeirdNet got this one right, at least.

    December 21, 2007