hole in the wall adj.
(orig. US) second-class, inferior.
|New York Day by Day 8 Mar. [synd. col.] A little hole in the wall delicatessen on Avenue A.|
|Asphalt Jungle in Four Novels (1984) 237: They passed hole-in-the-wall bars, Chinese laundries, poolrooms with a few loafers in front.|
|I, Mobster 45: I cornered a rock-headed Neapolitan that had been starving to death in his hole-in-the-wall grocery in our block for twenty years.|
|Insidious Intent (2018) 101: ‘It was bought in a hole-in-the-wall shop in Dudley’.|