Definition of hole in the wall in English:

hole in the wall

noun

informal
  • 1British An automatic cash dispenser installed in the outside wall of a bank.

    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Using a bank card at a hole in the wall makes the elderly vulnerable to mugging.’
    • ‘Did the money actually come out of the hole in the wall and somebody has taken it?’
    • ‘Until a few hours ago, you couldn't even get cash out from the hole in the wall, but apparently that's sorted now.’
    • ‘But I realise they all need time on their own and make an excuse that I need cash from the hole in the wall.’
  • 2North American A small dingy bar, shop, or restaurant.

    • ‘The Cherry Lounge was the name of the small, hole in the wall, jazz club that seemed tucked away from the public.’
    • ‘This album sounds like something one might here at 2 a.m. in a hole in the wall bar in the middle of Chicago.’
    • ‘What started out as a little corner, little hole in the wall sort of, a little coffee window is now a large restaurant.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I found an adorable, hole in the wall thrift store that sold all sorts of things, from clothes to antiques.’
    • ‘This hole in the wall served heaping mounds of the food of the day for really cheap prices.’
    • ‘In the neighborhood, you'll find authentic old pubs, hole in the wall shops selling all manner of strange things and artist enclaves.’
    • ‘It's just this little sleepy store, kind of a hole in the wall.’
    • ‘The bar was a little hole in the wall sort of place.’
    • ‘This bar looked like an absolute hole in the wall, it was a total dive.’
    • ‘He asked and made Bruce pull into a small hole in the wall tux shop.’

Pronunciation:

hole in the wall

/ˌhəʊl ɪn ðə ˈwɔːl/