(Go) Down The Rabbit Hole

Meaning:

1. When someone goes “down the rabbit hole,” it means they spent a lot of time on an activity, perhaps more than they originally intended.

Example: My laptop was having problems, so I began researching online how to fix it. I ended up going down a rabbit hole in the process, wasting hours and hours with no solution in sight until finally, I tried restarting my computer. Now it works fine!

2. A bizarre or strange situation.

Example: I bought a dozen bags of unusually flavored potato chips and I sampled each one. By the end of my tasting session I felt sick; this is not a rabbit hole I plan to go down ever again.

Nothing.

To go down the rabbit hole, a cute furry bunny.
Don’t go down there! It’s the rabbit’s home.

What Is a Rabbit Hole?

Would you ever want to go down a rabbit hole? No, they’re for rabbits! These cute little animals dig holes in the ground to live and sleep in. Why do they live underground? Because it is safer for them; their predators cannot fit into the holes. So when a rabbit is in danger, if their speed isn’t enough to escape their pursuer, they can always retreat to a nearby burrow for safety. No big animal with sharp teeth can get in!


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 hole. Shortly after, she literally falls down the rabbit hole and ends up in a strange place called Wonderland.


Examples

  • I’ve wanted to play a musical instrument ever since I was young, but I never put in the time. However, starting next week, I’m planning to go down the rabbit hole and learn how to play the violin.
  • As I was looking up a recipe online, I saw a link for the top 10 weirdest foods. Feeling curious, I clicked on it and, well, I have gone down a rabbit hole since then; I’ve been reading about all sorts of odd foods that people eat.

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