push to the wall
Variant of wall
- an upright structure of wood, stone, brick, etc., serving to enclose, divide, support, or protect; specif.,
- such a structure forming a side or inner partition of a building
- such a continuous structure serving to enclose an area, to separate fields, etc.
- such a structure used as a military defense; fortification
- such a structure used to hold back water; levee; dike
- something resembling a wall in appearance or function, as the side or inside surface of a container or body cavity
- something suggestive of a wall in that it holds back, divides, hides, etc.: a wall of secrecy
Origin: Middle English wal from Old English weall (akin to German wall) from Classical Latin vallum, rampart from vallus, a stake, palisade from Indo-European base an unverified form wel-, to turn from source walk
- of or along a wall
- placed or growing on, in, or against a wall
- to furnish, line, enclose, divide, protect, etc. with or as with a wall or walls: to wall a room with books, to wall off the old wing, a mind walled in by fears
- to close up (an opening) with a wall: usually with up
- wall-like adjective
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