by steven algren December 28, 2008
To digress in an extensive way. To divert the conversation to a topic that is not only unrelated to the topic at hand, but a topic that will likely have no immediate resolution either.
by The Colonel July 18, 2003
Made famous by the TWIT podcast Macbreak Weekly, a rat hole is when a discussion follows a constant tangent and ends up with a topic that has nothing to do with the original discussion.
by Steven Legault January 21, 2008
A topic of conversation that has diverted wildly from the original conversational thread and is generally viewed by all (but the one leading the topic) as being without resolution, or at the very least is uninteresting to others in the group. Ratholes usually open up when related but tangential topics are discussed which are explored in much more detail than is required for the relational reference to the original thread.
I was trying to keep things on topic, but you've opened up a big rathole with all this talk of comic book plot twists.
by Stark Raven Mad August 02, 2007
Ratholing can take the form of scamming someone or just generally handing them a bad beat. A rathole can also be an income account in the world of accounting and finance.
by BoddyT August 06, 2011
by Rod Brock May 14, 2006
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