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Definition of a rathole



  • a subject that has been known to use up a significant amount of discussion time, without participants coming to a consensus.

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    Last edited on Apr 25 2013. Submitted by WalterGR (via TheJargonFile) on Aug 14 2009.

  • a dilapidated place.
    This bar is a rathole.

    Last edited on Nov 11 2011. Submitted by Walter Rader (Editor) from Sacramento, CA, USA on Sep 27 2009.

verb - intransitive

  • during a discussion about a particular topic, to focus on an unimportant detail.
    We've been ratholing on what to call it for half an hour. Let's focus on what we're actually going to be making.

    Last edited on Nov 11 2011. Submitted by Walter Rader (Editor) from Sacramento, CA, USA on Sep 27 2009.

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