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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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.
See also: hole, wall
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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