A hole in one

PUBLISHED : Monday, 03 January, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 03 January, 2011, 12:00am

'An actor without a playwright is like a hole without a doughnut' George Jean Nathan (1882-1958) - American writer

Various holes

We all know what a hole is. We know what it feels like to have a hole in our jeans, for example. But what do these 'hole' nouns mean?

1 a hole punch

a. a device for making holes in sheets of paper so they can go in a file

b. a small machine with a boxing glove on it that acts as a security device

2 a bolt-hole

a. a large hole in the ground

b. a place where you can go to get away from other people

3 a black hole

a. a place in space where gravity is so strong nothing can escape

b. a hole in the trunk of a tree where birds have made a nest

4 a hole in the wall

a. a doorway with no door in it

b. a cash machine

5 a watering hole

a. somewhere you go to relax and have a drink

b. a shop that sells soft drinks

Hole actions

What do these phrases mean?

1 to dig yourself into a hole

a. to try to talk yourself out of trouble but to make things worse by what you are saying

b. to realise that you have very little money left and to try and persuade your friends to lend you some

2 to be like a square peg in a round hole

a. to be rich and famous

b. not to fit in with a certain group of people

3 to be in a hole

a. to be pleasantly surprised

b. to be in big trouble

4 to need something like you need a hole in the head

a. to definitely not need something

b. to need and want something very badly

5 to make a hole in your savings

a. to reduce the amount of money in your bank account

b. to save a certain amount of money each month

6 to score a hole in one

a. to be surprisingly successful doing something the first time

b. to know you will never get the job you are doing finished on time

Fill in the holes

1 I need some cash. Do you know where there's a ...?

2 My favourite ... to visit after school is a small coffee shop opposite the office.

3 I'm ... at work and I think I'm going to lose my job.

4 Can you pass me the ..., please?

5 I need this extra homework assignment like I need a ...

6 The trip to Japan made ...

7 That was the first interview I'd been to and I got the job. I certainly ... that day!

8 I don't fit in with the other girls in the tennis team. I'm like ...


What do these sentences mean?

1 It's like the Black Hole of Calcutta in here.*

a. It's very comfortable.

b. It's very dark and hot.

2 The money Mum gave me is burning a hole in my pocket.

a. I can't wait to put the money Mum gave me into my bank account.

b. I can't wait to spend the money Mum gave me.

3 My bedroom is a perfect hidey-hole.

a. No one can ever find my bedroom.

b. My bedroom is where I like to hide from the world.

4 You'll be digging yourself a hole if you're not careful.

a. You'll get in trouble if you're not careful.

b. You'll impress your teacher with your behaviour.

* the Black Hole of Calcutta was an infamous prison in India


Various holes: 1. a, 2. b, 3. a, 4. b, 5. a

Hole actions: 1. a, 2. b, 3. b, 4. a, 5 .a, 6. a

Fill in the holes: 1. hole in the wall, 2. watering hole, 3. in a hole, 4. hole punch, 5. hole in the head, 6. a hole in my savings, 7. scored a hole in one, 8. a square peg in a round hole

Comprehension: 1. b, 2. b, 3. b, 4. a