(Go) Down The Rabbit Hole

Meaning:

1. When someone goes “down the rabbit hole,” it means there is a certain topic, activity, or thing that intrigues them. Consequently, they want to explore this topic, activity, or thing further so they can learn more about it.

Example: I saw the first ten minutes of a show called “The Life of Fluff The Cat” and I enjoyed what little I saw of it. Now, normally I don’t watch TV shows, but with this one, I’m willing to go down the rabbit hole to see if I like it.

2. Starting a task or doing something that might appear simple at first, but later it leads down a path that is a lot stranger, confusing, or complex than previously thought.

Example: Tim’s laptop keeps restarting itself for some reason, so he’s looking for a solution online. At first, he thought this problem would be easy to fix, but hours later Tim has fallen down a rabbit hole and hasn’t found a solution yet.

Synonyms / Related Phrases:
Nothing.
To go down the rabbit hole, a cute furry bunny.
Don’t go down there. It’s the rabbit’s home!

Would You Want To Go Down The Rabbit Hole?

Would you really want to go down the rabbit hole? What’s down there, anyways? Rabbits, obviously. They dig these holes and then live in them. They even sleep in ’em! But why do they go underground? Because lots of animals prey on rabbits. Their predators include bobcats, coyotes, and foxes, just to name a few.

Now, when rabbits are in danger, oftentimes they can rely on their agility to escape; they are nimble creatures after all. But living in underground burrows is another way rabbits avoid being eaten. It’s safer down there; no scary animals with sharp teeth can get in.

These burrows, or dens, can have several entrances and exits connected to them. In addition, if multiple rabbits are living in the same area, then it’s possible for numerous dens to be linked together underground via tunnels.

While most rabbits dig and live in burrows, some do not. For example, the desert cottontail doesn’t dig its own holes. Instead, they use burrows made by other animals. So… no, you should not try to go down these holes. They are for rabbits, not humans!


The Origin of ‘Down The Rabbit Hole’

It’s believed that the phrase go down the rabbit hole comes from a 19th century novel called Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland (or Alice In Wonderland for short). This novel was written by Lewis Carroll and published in the year 1865.

Near the beginning of this fictional story, a girl named Alice crawls into a rabbit’s hole. Shortly after, she literally falls down the rabbit hole and ends up in a strange place called Wonderland.


Examples

  • I’m looking for a new hobby, but I can’t decide on what I want to do. I thought about gardening and cooking, but I don’t think those are for me. What about music? I’ve always wanted to learn how to play an instrument. Yeah, I think I’ll go down the rabbit hole and learn how to play the violin.
  • I originally got on my laptop to look up a recipe for oatmeal cookies. However, while browsing, I saw a link for the top 10 weirdest foods and so I clicked on it. Now I’ve gone down a rabbit hole since then and I’m now reading about all kinds of weird looking dishes people have made.

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