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What is designed to go into holes and always has a hole in it?

It fits this pattern:

S _ _ _ _ _ _ _

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    $\begingroup$ This seems fantastically broad. See puzzling.meta.stackexchange.com/a/4561/4833 for guidance. $\endgroup$
    – Sneftel
    Apr 30, 2018 at 15:10
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    $\begingroup$ A drinking straw. A subway train. A lock cylinder. A 50-yen coin. A catheter. It's easy to come up with answers to this question, disregarding the hints. There's no problem with adding hints to a question, but the question should stand alone. $\endgroup$
    – Sneftel
    Apr 30, 2018 at 16:44
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    $\begingroup$ So just edit, change the hints to be part of the riddle, and BAM, you have a great riddle. $\endgroup$
    – ferret
    Apr 30, 2018 at 18:10
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    $\begingroup$ i have a good answer but seems inappropriate. $\endgroup$
    – omikes
    Apr 30, 2018 at 18:29
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    $\begingroup$ A doughnut goes in your cake-hole. $\endgroup$
    – CJ Dennis
    May 1, 2018 at 8:01

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Is it a

shoelace?

because

Shoelaces are threaded through holes in a shoe, and the word 'shoelace' always contains the word 'hole'

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    $\begingroup$ Nice answer! +1 $\endgroup$ Apr 30, 2018 at 14:08
  • $\begingroup$ And <spoiler> starts with S. +1 $\endgroup$ Apr 30, 2018 at 14:11
  • $\begingroup$ Spoiler in this comment! I object that it is too arcane an expectation to impose on a riddle solver that they must come up with an intra-anagram. $\endgroup$ May 1, 2018 at 14:40
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Are you a

Doughnut

Because

It goes in your mouth-hole and it has a hole.

Also

It has 8 letters.

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    $\begingroup$ Upvoted as that totally works. Added Hint 2 as it's not what I was looking for. $\endgroup$
    – rybo111
    Apr 30, 2018 at 13:59
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    $\begingroup$ I could add "always" has a hole in it to the question (since some of yours don't always!). $\endgroup$
    – rybo111
    Apr 30, 2018 at 14:01
  • $\begingroup$ bit.ly/2I8iNHo $\endgroup$
    – rybo111
    Apr 30, 2018 at 14:04
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It's:

syringes

because:

They're designed to make a hole to go into and have a hole to squeeze medicine through

Or with hints removed and fitting What is better:

a syringe.

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  • $\begingroup$ I would argue that What is suggests a singular word rather than plural? $\endgroup$
    – rybo111
    Apr 30, 2018 at 14:36
  • $\begingroup$ Valid point, know it's a bit of stretch there buts fits so well otherwise had to give it a go $\endgroup$
    – Paul Evans
    Apr 30, 2018 at 14:42
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Is it

an embroidery needle, which goes through holes in the backing material

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It seems to me that the main body of the puzzle should be sufficient to uniquely specify an answer. Hints should be for making it easier to find that answer, not eliminating duplicate answers (that is, it's not valid to reject an answer because it fails to satisfy the hints). An answer that satisfies the main body of the question is

Shovel

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