verb (used with object)
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Idioms for wall
- 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
OTHER WORDS FROM wallwall-less, adjectivewall-like, adjectiveun·wall, verb (used with object)
Words nearby wall
Example sentences from the Web for wall
Mount them on the wall in your kiddo’s bedroom, or build a backyard climbing wall like this one.
Drone imagery alone can’t establish whether rituals occurred at the buried earthwork or if, perhaps, non-combatants hid behind walls along its borders when the site was attacked.Drones find signs of a Native American ‘Great Settlement’ beneath a Kansas pasture|Bruce Bower|September 10, 2020|Science News
This universal wall offers a lifetime’s worth of routes, from V4 to V14, on an eight-by-twelve-foot surface.
Recently, the actor let down his walls a bit to tell the story of how he met his wife, Tomasina Tate, 20 years ago—a fate made possible by fellow actor Jamie Foxx.Larenz Tate Reveals How Jamie Foxx Helped Him Meet His Wife Tomasina|Hope Wright|September 4, 2020|Essence.com
Ocean Spray isn’t the only legacy brand looking to build out new brands within its walls.‘We have to be open to failure’: Why Ocean Spray launched a brand incubator for the DTC era|Kristina Monllos|September 1, 2020|Digiday
A Wall Street person should not be allowed to help oversee the Dodd-Frank reforms.
It was a brick wall that we turned into the on-ramp of a highway.
It reminded me a bit of an alternative take on The Wolf of Wall Street—through the Toni and Candace lens.
Marvin hops over the edge of his retaining wall, which he built.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
He scrambled outside to find a 25-foot-wide crater just beyond the mud wall surrounding his family compound.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan|Umar Farooq|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A flash of surprise and pleasure lit the fine eyes of the haughty beauty perched up there on the palace wall.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
Kind of a reception-room in there—guess I know a reception-room from a hole in the wall.
Distance, the uncertain light, and imagination, magnified it to a high wall; high as the wall of China.
He leant against the wall of his refuge, notwithstanding this boast, and licked the ice to moisten his parched lips.
A little boy aged two years and four months was deprived of a pencil from Thursday to Sunday for scribbling on the wall-paper.Children's Ways|James Sully
British Dictionary definitions for 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 forms of wallwalled, adjectivewall-less, adjectivewall-like, adjective
Word Origin for wall
Medical definitions for wall
Idioms and Phrases with wall
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