Definition of hole in the wall in English:

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hole in the wall

Pronunciation: /ˌhəʊl ɪn ðə ˈwɔːl/


1British An automatic cash dispenser installed in the outside wall of a bank.
Example sentences
  • Using a bank card at a hole in the wall makes the elderly vulnerable to mugging.
  • But these days, banks are anyway basically a computer and a hole in the wall, so why do they need staff and fancy branches and head offices?
  • But I realise they all need time on their own and make an excuse that I need cash from the hole in the wall.
2chiefly North American A small dingy bar, shop, or restaurant.
Example sentences
  • In the neighborhood, you'll find authentic old pubs, hole in the wall shops selling all manner of strange things and artist enclaves.
  • He asked and made Bruce pull into a small hole in the wall tux shop.
  • Years ago, this place was a hole in the wall, modest in every sense but in its offerings of genuine Italian pastries and the real deal when it came to coffee.

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