He took a knife and gouged a hole in the bottom of the boat.
gouge something ↔ outphrasal verb
to form a hole, space etc by digging into a surface and removing material, or to remove material by digging
gouge something ↔ out of
A rough road had been gouged out of the rock.
30,000 tonnes of slate are gouged out of the mountains every week.
to remove someone's eyes with a pointed weapon