shellhole, noun

Origin:
Figurative use of shell-hole a hole in the ground made by an exploding projectile.
A branch or unit of the Moth organization of ex-servicemen and -women; dug-out.
1962 E.W. Turpin Grahamstown: City of Settlers (caption)On the right is the first house built in Grahamstown and now used by the Makana Kop Shellhole of the M.O.T.H. organisation.
1966 Survey of Race Rel. 1965 (S.A.I.R.R.) 305Massed African choirs..have presented the Messiah annually to segregated audiences in Johannesburg, under the sponsorship of the Desert Lily MOTH Shellhole.
1980 Daily Dispatch 3 Dec. 2Moth clubs involved are: the Leadswingers Shellhole, Swartberg, assisted by the Tipperary Shellhole, [etc.].
1983 L. Capstickdale in S. Afr. Panorama Dec. 19The grand old MOTH order is still going strong, the dwindling membership of its Shellholes (units) of a few years back having received an infusion of new recruits.
1994 G. O’Neill in Grocott’s Mail 22 July 4 (letter)My brother M.O.T.H.S. from the Makanaskop Shellhole.
A branch or unit of the Moth organization of ex-servicemen and -women; dug-out.

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