climbing the walls

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of climbing the walls

informal
: 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

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

  2. : to increase gradually

  3. : to slope upward

  1. : a place where climbing is necessary to progress

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

wall play walls
  1. : a high thick masonry structure forming a long rampart or an enclosure chiefly for defense

  2. : a masonry fence around a garden, park, or estate

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

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

  2. : to separate by or as if by a wall

  3. : immure

  1. : to roll in a dramatic manner

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


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