First recorded in 1866.
hellhole (plural hellholes)
- A place of intense hatred, misery, or turmoil.
- 2020 July 23, Chris Daw, “A stain on national life': why are we locking up so many children?”, in The Guardian:
- we happily condemn damaged children – at enormous expense – to hellholes like Feltham, where they are more likely to be assaulted or killed than to find an escape from the revolving doors of courts, prisons and addiction.
place of intense misery