English edit

A manhole cover in Twickenham, Greater London

Etymology edit

man +‎ hole

Pronunciation edit

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /mænhəʊl/

Noun edit

manhole (plural manholes)

  1. A hole in the ground used to access the sewers or other underground vaults and installations.
  2. A hole providing access to the inside of a boiler, tank etc.
  3. (informal) A man's anus, in a sexual context.

Usage notes edit

  • In contexts such as government documents where anything that might be perceived as sexist is avoided, this has mostly been replaced by maintenance hole

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