“Hole” and “whole” have almost opposite meanings. A hole is a lack of something, like the hole in a doughnut (despite the confusing fact that the little nubbins of fried dough are called “doughnut holes”). “Whole” means things like “entire,”“complete,” and “healthy” and is used in expressions like “the whole thing,” “whole milk,” “whole wheat,” and “with a whole heart.”
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