(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 enjoyed the trailer I saw of a show called “The Life of Simon The Cat.” While I normally don’t watch TV shows, I’m willing to go down the rabbit hole with this one to see if I like it.

2. 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 and I haven’t a clue why. I thought fixing it would be easy at first, but I’ve fallen down a rabbit hole since then.

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? If we’re speaking literally, you definitely wouldn’t. The rabbits dig these holes for themselves. It’s where they live and sleep. But why do they live underground? Because it’s safer. You see, rabbits have a lot of predators, including bobcats, coyotes, and foxes, just to name a few.

When rabbits find themselves in danger, they can sometimes escape using only their agility. They’re nimble creatures after all. But what really helps them to avoid being eaten are the underground burrows they dig. No big animals with sharp teeth can get in.

These burrows (or dens) may 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.


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. I think I’ll go down the rabbit hole and learn how to play the violin.
  • I was looking up oatmeal cookie recipes on my laptop and I saw an unrelated link for the top 10 weirdest foods. I clicked it, and well, I’ve gone down a rabbit hole because now I’m reading about all sorts of bizarre foods.

Sharing is caring!