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around an area
an upright flat structure made of stone or brick, that divides one area from another or surrounds an area
The estate is surrounded by high stone walls.
city/garden etc wall
the ancient city walls
the Great Wall of China
We climbed over the wall into the orchard.
in a building
one of the sides of a room or building
on the wall
some pictures up
against the wall
bedroom/kitchen etc wall
We decided to paint the bathroom walls blue.
the side of something hollow, especially within the body
The walls of the blood vessels had been damaged.
wall of fire/water etc
a tall mass of something such as fire or water, that stops anything from getting past
The boat was hit by a wall of water.
wall of silence/secrecy
a situation in which nobody will tell you what you want to know
The police investigation was met with a wall of silence.
up the wall
very angry or annoyed
That noise is
up the wall
making me annoyed
go up the wall
I've got to be on time or Sarah will go up the wall.
off the wall
very strange or unusual, often in an amusing way
Some of Krista's ideas are a little off the wall.
go to the wall
if a company goes to the wall, it fails, especially because of financial difficulties
Many small investors will go to the wall.
these four walls
the room that you are in, especially considered as a private place
I don't want anything repeated outside these four walls.
be/come up against a (brick) wall
to reach a point where you cannot make progress, especially because something or someone is stopping you
We seem to have come up against a brick wall in this investigation.
be climbing/crawling (up) the walls
to be feeling extremely anxious, unhappy, or annoyed, especially because you are waiting for something or are in a situation which you cannot get away from
The kids soon had him climbing the walls.
walls have ears
used to warn people to be careful what they say, because other people, especially enemies, could be listening
hit the wall
to reach the point when you are most physically tired when doing a sport
➔ have your back to/against the wall
; ➔ be (like) banging your head against a brick wall
; ➔ like talking to a brick wall
; ➔ the writing is on the wall
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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