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 trailer for a show called “The Life of Simon The Cat.” While I normally don’t watch TV shows, I think I want to go down the rabbit hole with this one to see if I like it.
2. Starting an activity or doing something that might appear simple at first, but later it becomes more complex or confusing in some way.
Example: Tim’s laptop keeps restarting itself and I haven’t a clue why. At first I thought fixing it would be easy, but it has been three hours and I’ve fallen down a rabbit hole since then.
What Is a Rabbit Hole?
Let’s talk about what a rabbit hole is in a literal sense. So rabbit holes are… holes created by rabbits. Obvious things aside, they use these holes to live in and sleep. But why live underground? Because rabbits have a lot of predators hunting them, such as bobcats, coyotes, and foxes, just to name a few. So it’s safer down there!
Basically, when a rabbit is in danger, if their speed and agility isn’t enough to escape, these nimble creatures can retreat to their underground burrows. No big, scary animals with sharp teeth can get in.
These burrows they make (or dens) may have several entrances and exits in an area, all connected with each other. If multiple rabbits are living in the same place, then it’s possible for numerous dens to be linked together via tunnels.
Anyways, literally speaking, you definitely do not want to go down the rabbit hole if you see one out in the wild.
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.
- I’ve always enjoyed music, but I’ve never played an instrument before. I think it’s finally time I go down the rabbit hole and learn how to play the violin.
- I was looking up oatmeal cookie recipes on my phone and I saw an unrelated link for the top 10 weirdest foods. I clicked it and, well, now I’ve gone down a rabbit hole because I’ve reading about all sorts of bizarre foods.