climbing the walls

Definition of climbing the walls

informal

  1. :  feeling very anxious or frustrated because one has a lot of energy but is unable to do something he or she wants to do Being stuck at home all weekend had me climbing the walls.

Word by Word Definitions

climbplay climbing
  1. :  to go upward with gradual or continuous progress :  rise, ascend

    :  to increase gradually

    :  to slope upward

  1. :  a place where climbing is necessary to progress

    :  the act or an instance of climbing :  rise, ascent

wallplay walls
  1. :  a masonry fence around a garden, park, or estate

    :  a structure that serves to hold back pressure (as of water or sliding earth)

    :  one of the sides of a room or building connecting floor and ceiling or foundation and roof

  1. :  to provide, cover with, or surround with or as if with a wall

    :  to separate by or as if by a wall

    :  immure

  1. :  to roll in a dramatic manner

    :  to roll (one's eyes) in a dramatic manner


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