ceiling

[ see-ling ]
/ ˈsi lɪŋ /

noun

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Idioms for ceiling

    hit the ceiling, Informal. to become enraged: When he saw the amount of the bill, he hit the ceiling.

Origin of ceiling

1350–1400, for def 7; Middle English; see ceil, -ing1

OTHER WORDS FROM ceiling

ceil·inged, adjectivesub·ceil·ing, nounun·ceil·inged, adjectiveun·der·ceil·ing, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH ceiling

ceiling sealing

Words nearby ceiling

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British Dictionary definitions for hit the ceiling

ceiling
/ (ˈsiːlɪŋ) /

noun

the inner upper surface of a room
  1. an upper limit, such as one set by regulation on prices or wages
  2. (as modifier)ceiling prices
the upper altitude to which an aircraft can climb measured under specified conditionsSee also service ceiling, absolute ceiling
meteorol the highest level in the atmosphere from which the earth's surface is visible at a particular time, usually the base of a cloud layer
a wooden or metal surface fixed to the interior frames of a vessel for rigidity

Word Origin for ceiling

C14: of uncertain origin
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Cultural definitions for hit the ceiling

hit the ceiling

To become extremely angry: “When Corey found out someone had stolen his CD player, he really hit the ceiling.”

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Idioms and Phrases with hit the ceiling (1 of 2)

hit the ceiling

Also, hit the roof. Explode in anger, as in Jane hit the ceiling when she saw her grades, or Dad hit the roof when he didn't get his usual bonus. The first expression dates from the early 1900s; the second is a version of a 16th-century locution, up in the house roof or house-top, meaning “enraged.”

Idioms and Phrases with hit the ceiling (2 of 2)

ceiling

see glass ceiling; hit the ceiling.

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