wall

wall1 W1S1 [wo:l US wo:l] n
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1¦(around an area)¦
2¦(in a building)¦
3¦(body)¦
4 wall of fire/water etc
5 wall of silence/secrecy
6 up the wall
7 off the wall
8 go to the wall
9 these four walls
10 be/come up against a (brick) wall
11 be climbing/crawling (up) the walls
12 walls have ears
13 hit the wall
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[: Old English; Origin: weall]
1.) ¦(AROUND AN AREA)¦
an upright flat structure made of stone or brick, that divides one area from another or surrounds an area
→↑fence
stone/brick/concrete wall
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.
2.) ¦(IN A BUILDING)¦
one of the sides of a room or building
on the wall
I put some pictures up on the walls .
Bob leaned against the wall .
bedroom/kitchen etc wall
We decided to paint the bathroom walls blue.
3.) ¦(BODY)¦
the side of something hollow, especially within the body
The walls of the blood vessels had been damaged.
cell walls
4.) 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.
5.) 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.
6.) up the wall
spoken very angry or annoyed
That noise is driving me up the wall (=making me annoyed) .
go up the wall BrE
I've got to be on time or Sarah will go up the wall.
7.) off the wall informal
very strange or unusual, often in an amusing way
Some of Krista's ideas are a little off the wall.
8.) go to the wall informal
if a company goes to the wall, it fails, especially because of financial difficulties
Many small investors will go to the wall.
9.) these four walls
spoken the room that you are in, especially considered as a private place
I don't want anything repeated outside these four walls.
10.) 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.
11.) be climbing/crawling (up) the walls informal
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.
12.) walls have ears
used to warn people to be careful what they say, because other people, especially enemies, could be listening
13.) hit the wall informal
to reach the point when you are most physically tired when doing a sport
have your back to/against the wall atback2 (21), be (like) banging your head against a brick wall athead, like talking to a brick wall attalk1 (15), the writing is on the wall atwriting, ↑off-the-wall
wall 2
wall2 v
wall in [wall sth<=>in] phr v
to surround an open area with walls
wall off [wall sth<=>off] phr v
to keep one area or room separate from another, by building a wall
The control room is walled off by soundproof glass.
wall up [wall sb/sth<=>up] phr v
1.)
a) to fill in an entrance, window etc with bricks or stone
The entrance had long since been walled up.
b) to fill in all the entrances and windows of a place so that someone cannot get out
2.) to keep someone as a prisoner in a building

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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