verb (used with object)
- to be defeated in a conflict or competition; yield.
- to fail in business, especially to become bankrupt.
- to be put aside or forgotten.
- to take an extreme and determined position or measure: I'd go to the wall to stop him from resigning.
- beyond the realm of acceptability or reasonableness: The figure you quoted for doing the work is off the wall.
- markedly out of the ordinary; eccentric; bizarre: Some of the clothes in the fashion show were too off the wall for the average customer.
- placed against a wall to be executed by a firing squad.
- in a crucial or critical position, especially one in which defeat or failure seems imminent: Unless sales improve next month, the company will be up against the wall.
Origin of wall
Related formswall-less, adjectivewall-like, adjectiveun·wall, verb (used with object)
British Dictionary definitions for go to the wall
- a vertical construction made of stone, brick, wood, etc, with a length and height much greater than its thickness, used to enclose, divide, or support
- (as modifier)wall hangings Related adjective: mural
Derived Formswalled, adjectivewall-less, adjectivewall-like, adjective
Word Origin for wall
Medicine definitions for go to the wall
Idioms and Phrases with go to the wall (1 of 2)
go to the wall
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]
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]
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)
In addition to the idioms beginning with wall
- walls have ears, the
- 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