run into a stone wall

Also, run into a brick wall. Encounter an insurmountable barrier to progress, as in We tried to get faster approval from the town and ran into a stone wall, or For Allan, learning a foreign language amounted to running into a brick wall.


Nearby words

  1. run in,
  2. run in place,
  3. run in the blood,
  4. run interference,
  5. run into,
  6. run into the ground,
  7. run its course,
  8. run like clockwork,
  9. run of luck,
  10. run of the mill

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