Meaning of POTHOLE in English
/ ˈpɒthəʊl; NAmE ˈpɑːthoʊl/ noun
a large rough hole in the surface of a road that is formed by traffic and bad weather
a deep hole that is formed in rock, especially by the action of water
early 19th cent.: from Middle English pot pit (perhaps of Scandinavian origin) + hole .
Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary. Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне. 2005