Run Into a Brick Wall

Also: Run into a stone wall Hit a brick wall Meaning of Idiom ‘Run Into a Brick Wall’ To run into a brick wall means to encounter a barrier to progress that cannot be surmounted; to be stopped in one’s efforts by something. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. … Read more

Writing On the Wall

Also: Handwriting on the wall The writing is on the wall Meaning of Idiom ‘Writing on the Wall’ Writing on the wall is a warning or sign that something unpleasant or unfortunate is going to happen. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,2Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995.  Want … Read more

Bang One’s Head Against A Brick Wall

Also: Beat One’s Head Against a Brick Wall Bang/beat one’s head against a wall Meaning of Idiom ‘Bang One’s Head Against a Brick Wall’ To bang one’s head against a (brick) wall means to stubbornly continue trying to achieve an objective that is almost impossible. 1Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008. 2Ayto, … Read more