Literally, a cesspool is place underground where sewage gathers, but figuratively, you might hear anything that's full of germs or just plain disgusting described as a cesspool. Either way, you'll want to steer clear.

Think of a cesspool as an underground swimming pool full of nastiness, which of course rhymes with cess. But the word cesspool isn't just used to describe a storage place underground where sewage is held temporarily. It's also a term you might use to negatively describe something that's swimming in germs or corruption. Stuck on a long flight between two people with a cold? That's a cesspool of germs right there for you.

Definitions of cesspool
  1. noun
    a covered cistern; waste water and sewage flow into it
    synonyms: cesspit, sink, sump
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    type of:
    an artificial reservoir for storing liquids; especially an underground tank for storing rainwater
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