Definition of Hole-in-the-wall

1. Noun. A small unpretentious out-of-the-way place. "His office was a hole-in-the-wall"

Generic synonyms: Place, Spot, Topographic Point

Definition of Hole-in-the-wall

1. Noun. a small or obscure place, especially such a restaurant ¹

2. Noun. (colloquial chiefly British) an automated teller machine (ATM) ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hole-in-the-wall

holds a candle
holds back
holds fire
holds off
holds out
holds true
holds up
holdup man
hole-in-the-wall (current term)
hole card
hole cards
hole in one
hole in retina
hole in the ground
hole out
hole punch
hole punches
hole state
hole up
holed out

Literary usage of Hole-in-the-wall

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The South-west by Joseph Holt Ingraham (1835)
"... —Hole in the Wall—A wrecker's hut— Bahama vampyres—Light houses—Conspiracy—Wall of Abaco —Natural Bridge—Cause^—Night scene—Speak a packet ship —A ..."

2. The circular staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart (1908)
"CHAPTER XVIII A HOLE IN THE WALL MY taking the detective out to Sunnyside raised an unexpected storm of protest from Gertrude and Halsey. ..."

3. The American Coast Pilot: Containing Directions for the Principal Harbors by Edmund March Blunt, George William Blunt (1847)
"The land between Rocky Point and the hole-in-the-wall forms a deep bay, ... At one-third of a mile from the hole-in-the-wall, this lighthouse has been ..."

4. Gondola Days by Francis Hopkinson Smith (1897)
"... to the Veneta Marina below the Arsenal; and my dear friend Luigi and his fellow tramps, to a little hole in the wall on the Via Garibaldi. ..."

5. A Dictionary of English Etymology by Hensleigh Wedgwood (1862)
"A peep-hole in the wall of a castle, from whence to shoot in safety at the enemy. Lang. loup, a small window in a roof. ..."

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