poke a hole in (something)

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poke a hole in (something)

1. Literally, to form a hole in something by piercing it (with something else). Tommy, stop poking holes in your bread and eat it! She began absentmindedly poking a hole in her paper with her pen.
2. To identify or highlight some flaw in some plan, idea, argument, etc. Typically used in plural constructions. She quickly began poking holes in his theory. Before I offer up my own proposals, let me begin by poking a few holes in what my opponent has suggested.
See also: hole, poke
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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