hole in the wall


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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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By stretching the chain to its limit, I was just about able to peek through the nearest corner of the hole in the wall, and make out the silhouette of the short, thick-set character - the farmer - carrying a torch and moving toward the hole.
A half hour later, again footsteps on the staircase next door and the light of a torch flickered through the hole in the wall. A packet of cigarettes was placed on the ledge, and I heard the voice of Serge say in English, "Peter, you want?" I replied, speaking slowly, "Serge, I want...
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She went to investigate and found a man kicking a hole in the wall next to the door.
The thieves escaped with more than pounds 4,000-worth of equipment after tearing a hole in the wall at the rear of the premises.
They carried out break-ins at Cambridge University's Fitzwilliam Museum and Durham University's Oriental Museum, where they got in through a hole in the wall - and then lost some of the stolen goods at an industrial estate.