wall up

phrasal verb

walled up; walling up; walls up
1
: to close off (an opening) by filling it with stone, brick, etc.
They walled up the doorway of the abandoned house.
2
: to keep (someone) as a prisoner in an enclosed space
He was walled up in the tower.

Examples of wall up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web North Port Fire Rescue, with the help of their Technical Rescue Team, used ropes and a Stokes basket to haul the woman up the 12-foot wall up to ground level, rescue officials said. Gina Martinez, CBS News, 27 Nov. 2023 During World War II, the Nazis used the mines to wall up 3,000 Bakhmut Jews alive. Haiane Avakian, The Atlantic, 27 Sep. 2023 Without fouling, just walling up vertically, getting my hands on balls and stuff of that nature. Gary Washburn, BostonGlobe.com, 1 July 2023 The pulsing rhythm vibrates through the floor and walls up through your body and fingertips. Elizabeth Myong, Dallas News, 5 May 2023

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“Wall up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wall%20up. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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