poke a hole in

poke a hole in something

 and poke a hole through something
to make a hole by pushing something through something; to push something through a hole. The carpenter poked a hole in the wall with a nail. The fisherman poked a hole through the ice with a pick.
See also: hole, poke
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Poke a hole in the center of the lids with a pencil point.
It doesn't take much of a bump to poke a hole in the condensers.
Use the needle to poke a hole in each end of an uncooked egg, making one hole slightly larger than the other.
Poke a hole in the arrow, and push a paper fastener through it.
Poke a hole in the lid beneath the gauge, push the arrow's fastener through it, and open the prongs.
Poke a hole in each circle, then make sure you can see through the holes.
Poke a hole in the back of the head and at the top of the body.
Poke a hole in the back of the head, and insert the straight end of the halo.
Use the end of a paper clip to poke a hole in the middle of a fish.
With an adult's help, use a ballpoint pen to poke a hole in the bottom of a film canister.
With an adult's help, poke a hole in the centers of fifteen plastic milk-jug caps.
Poke a hole in the bottom of the cup for each chenille stick, and push each stick through a hole.