wall

[ wawl ]
/ wɔl /

noun

adjective

verb (used with object)

Idioms

Origin of wall

before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English w(e)all < Latin vallum palisade, derivative of vallus stake, post; see wale1; (v.) Middle English, derivative of the noun

Related forms

wall-less, adjectivewall-like, adjectiveun·wall, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for go to the wall

wall

/ (wɔːl) /

noun

verb (tr)

Derived Forms

walled, adjectivewall-less, adjectivewall-like, adjective

Word Origin for wall

Old English weall, from Latin vallum palisade, from vallus stake
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Medicine definitions for go to the wall

wall

[ wôl ]

n.

An investing part enclosing a cavity, chamber, or other anatomical unit.
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Idioms and Phrases with go to the wall (1 of 2)

go to the wall


1

Lose a conflict, be defeated; also, yield. For example, In spite of their efforts, they went to the wall, or When it's a matter of family versus friends, friends must go to the wall. [Late 1500s]

2

Fail in business, go bankrupt. For example, First one branch and then another did poorly, and the store finally went to the wall. [First half of 1800s]

3

Take an extreme position, hold out to the end. For example, The President went to the wall to defend his choice to head the FBI. For a synonym, see go to the mat.

Idioms and Phrases with go to the wall (2 of 2)

wall


In addition to the idioms beginning with wall

  • walls have ears, the

also see:

  • back to the wall
  • beat one's head against the wall
  • between you and me and the lamppost (four walls)
  • climb the walls
  • drive someone crazy (up the wall)
  • fly on the wall
  • go to the wall
  • handwriting on the wall
  • hole in the wall
  • off the wall
  • run into a stone wall
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