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.
A safe way to witness the event is to poke a hole in a piece of paper and allow the sunlight to project through it onto a flat surface like a wall or the ground, said JPL astrophysicist Charles Morris.
Use the needle to poke a hole in each end of an uncooked egg, making one hole slightly larger than the other.