hit the wall


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hit the wall

1. To become suddenly and extremely fatigued, especially when participating in an endurance sport, such as running.
2. To lose effectiveness suddenly or come to an end: The stock rally hit the wall when interest rates rose.
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He told the inquest: "I used the hand brake but the truck just rolled forward and hit the wall.
Coulby Newham fire station's Watch Manager Ian Eccles said: "For some reason he left the road and hit the wall and the tree has stopped the vehicle going into the garden.
Zefer hit the wall, like almost every other Internet start-up.
Most (clients) are successful domestically and have hit the wall in the domestic market and want to broaden their horizons," Aspin says.
After a successful first year out of the gate, we stumbled badly in the first quarter of 2000, then hit the wall last summer.
Police spokeswoman Kathy Ward said: "Fortunately no-one was hurt but one of the cars hit the wall and a lot of debris ended up in the front garden.
She pulled the car round and I thought 'we're going to hit the wall, we're going to hit the wall' and then we hit the wall," he said.
Until recently, laptops powered by Intel chips hit the wall at a top speed of 150MHz, while high-end desktop PCs continue to push the envelope, achieving speeds of 300MHz.
Even the moment until you hit the wall is exhilarating.
The Mazda 323 ploughed through a hedge and hit the wall of the Erimus housing office in Berwick Hills, Middlesbrough.
Cano's shot skipped once on the grass short of the warning track, hit the wall and came back to Anderson.
The rear wheel of his bicycle was wobbling, and the witness then saw Mr Williams hit the wall.
It somersaulted through the air and hit the wall back end first, punching a huge hole in the brickwork.
The study reported that the greatest percentage of those who hit the Wall said they had relied primarily on internal dissociation.