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Re: Pothole

Posted by ESC on May 14, 2003

In Reply to: Pot Hole posted by Erik Zalenski on May 14, 2003

: Does anyone know where the phrase "pot hole" comes from?

It's pot-shaped.

Main Entry: pot·hole
Pronunciation: 'pät-"hOl
Function: noun
Date: 1826
1 a : a circular hole formed in the rocky bed of a river by the grinding action of stones or gravel whirled round by the water b : a sizable rounded often water-filled depression in land
2 : a pot-shaped hole in a road surface
- pot·holed /-"hOld/ adjective

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