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hole in the wall

A small, inconspicuous place, often an establishment such a restaurant. The term sometimes but not always has a negative connotation implying a place that is perceived to be disreputable in some way. I wasn't impressed when Gary suggested a hole in the wall for our first date, but we ended up having a good time.
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hole in the wall

Fig. a tiny shop, room, etc., not much wider than its doorway. I went into this little hole in the wall where they had the nicest little gifts. His office is just a hole in the wall.
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hole in the wall

A small, modest, or obscure place, as in My new apartment is just a hole in the wall, or Believe it or not, that little hole in the wall is a great restaurant. This graphic term is often used disparagingly. [First half of 1800s]
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hole in the wall

1 a small dingy place, especially a business or, in the USA, a place where alcoholic drinks are sold illegally. 2 an automatic cash dispenser installed in the outside wall of a bank.
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hole in the wall

n. a tiny shop, not much wider than its doorway. I went into this little hole in the wall where they had the nicest little gifts.
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Describing the theft, he said: "They raided the neighbouring shop, which was under construction, and then made a hole in the wall straight into the safe room.
This was a ransacking and in order to get into one of the properties you smashed a hole in the wall with an axe.