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)
Examples from the Web for wall
A Wall Street person should not be allowed to help oversee the Dodd-Frank reforms.
It reminded me a bit of an alternative take on The Wolf of Wall Street—through the Toni and Candace lens.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The Wolf of Wall Street is a dangerous, incendiary work of art.Coffee Talk with Ethan Hawke: On ‘Boyhood,’ Jennifer Lawrence, and Bill Clinton’s Urinal Exchange|Marlow Stern|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“It is not about Crimea, the West wants our skins hanging on the wall,” he said.After His Disastrous Annual Press Conference, Putin Needs A Hug|Anna Nemtsova|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Is it on the side of the people or Wall Street and the big banks?
One by the gate, one against the wall at the other end, and two at each of the long sides of the inclosure.Rujub, the Juggler|G. A. Henty
Her father released her, took out his pocket handkerchief, and sat down on the stairs with his head against the wall.Bleak House|Charles Dickens
This was hoisted up bodily and placed on an auctioneer's platform which Mike had found tilted back against the wall in the cellar.Felix O'Day|F. Hopkinson Smith
Tiny finger prints on the wall spoke of little prisoners trying to feel their way to sun and air.The Four Million|O. Henry
Mr. Force got up, took an overcoat from a hook on the wall and hung it against the door.Her Mother's Secret|Emma D. E. N. Southworth
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 Formswalled, adjectivewall-less, adjectivewall-like, adjective
Word Origin for wall
Medicine 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