1
: covering the entire floor
wall-to-wall carpeting
2
a
: covering or filling one entire space or time
a party crammed with wall-to-wall bodies
b
: occurring or found everywhere : ubiquitous

Examples of wall-to-wall in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The only thing allowed here is wall-to-wall jingoistic patriotism—the kind where there's no room for anything except God, the United States of America, and bombing the crap out of the enemy. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, 29 Jan. 2024 Until his death in 2005, the theater critic Mel Gussow spent most mornings writing reviews and profiles in an office in the rear of an 1856 rowhouse on West Tenth Street, where bookcases stretching up to 13-foot-high ceilings wrapped wall-to-wall, skipping only a marble fireplace. Curbed, 26 Jan. 2024 After wall-to-wall bad news last year, everybody’s looking for a fresh start. Vulture, 25 Jan. 2024 After a year of wall-to-wall positive coverage for unions, the unionization rate hit a record low in 2023. Dominic Pino, National Review, 24 Jan. 2024 Celebrations surrounding the consecration are due to take place nationwide, buttressed by wall-to-wall coverage in the run-up to the event. Yasmeen Serhan, TIME, 18 Jan. 2024 But the mauve-and-gray wall-to-wall carpeting, dramatic ceilings and passageways, and even many of the original furnishings are still in place. Kim Velsey, Curbed, 28 Dec. 2023 England did not qualify for the World Cup that year, when it was held in the United States, but the tournament was given the usual wall-to-wall coverage regardless. Rory Smith, New York Times, 22 Dec. 2023 Steven placing books on a shelf filled wall-to-wall with books. Bianca Bagnarelli, Washington Post, 21 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1946, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of wall-to-wall was in 1946

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

Kids Definition

wall-to-wall

adjective
1
: covering the entire floor
wall-to-wall carpeting
2
: filling an entire space
a beach that was wall-to-wall sunbathers

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