hole UK US /həʊl/ noun
[C] a loss or an amount that cannot be explained: »

He's a fund manager who has fashioned a career by finding the holes in financial statements.


The company has revealed a £20m hole in its pension fund because of collapsing share markets.

be in a hole — Cf. be in a hole
in the hole — Cf. in the hole
make a hole in sth — Cf. make a hole in sth

Financial and business terms. 2012.