climb the walls

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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wawl]
    • /klaɪm stressed ði ˈwɒlz/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wawl]
    • /klaɪm stressed ði ˈwɒlz/

Definitions of climb the walls words

  • noun climb the walls any of various permanent upright constructions having a length much greater than the thickness and presenting a continuous surface except where pierced by doors, windows, etc.: used for shelter, protection, or privacy, or to subdivide interior space, to support floors, roofs, or the like, to retain earth, to fence in an area, etc. 1
  • noun climb the walls Usually, walls. a rampart raised for defensive purposes. 1
  • noun climb the walls an immaterial or intangible barrier, obstruction, etc., suggesting a wall: a wall of prejudice. 1
  • noun climb the walls a wall-like, enclosing part, thing, mass, etc.: a wall of fire; a wall of troops. 1
  • noun climb the walls an embankment to prevent flooding, as a levee or sea wall. 1
  • noun climb the walls the outermost film or layer of structural material protecting, surrounding, and defining the physical limits of an object: the wall of a blood cell. 1

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Origin of climb the walls

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English w(e)all < Latin vallum palisade, derivative of vallus stake, post; see wale1; (v.) Middle English, derivative of the noun

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climb the walls popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 99% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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