hole-in-the-wall

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Noun[edit]

hole-in-the-wall (plural hole-in-the-walls or holes-in-the-wall)

  1. A small or obscure place, especially such a restaurant.
  2. (colloquial, chiefly UK) An automated teller machine (ATM).

Usage notes[edit]

Although either plural can be used for both meanings, hole-in-the-walls tends to be most commonly used for the "obscure place" sense, and holes-in-the-wall is more frequently used to mean "automated teller machines".

The British sense of an automated teller machine may have originated as a trademark of Barclays.