ADJ. big, deep, gaping, great, huge, large, massive, yawning | small, tiny | circular, round | jagged, ragged The missile had torn a jagged hole in the side of the ship. | neat | bullet The wall was full of bullet holes. | mouse, rabbit, etc.
VERB + HOLE bore, break, cut, dig, drill, make, punch, tear, wear We dug a deep hole to bury the animals in. She punched two holes in each sheet of paper. He had worn a hole in the knees of his trousers. | fill (in), plug I uprooted the tree and filled the hole with earth. We used cement to plug the holes.
PREP. down a/the ~ The snake disappeared down a hole. | in a/the ~ There was water in the hole. | through a/the ~ We climbed through the hole. | ~ in I used a skewer to make an extra hole in my belt.
PHRASES full of holes The old blankets were now full of holes. | riddled with holes The car was riddled with bullet holes.