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hit the wall

1. To become completely exhausted, fatigued, or worn out. I hit the wall after only the first mile of the race; I could barely even walk for the rest of it!
2. To suddenly end or cease making advancements. Our plans for the event hit the wall when our chief investor suddenly backed out.
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hit the wall

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If someone or something hits the wall they reach a point where no more progress can be made. Asked if her career had hit the wall she said: `I don't know. We'll have to see.' To ensure their businesses do not hit the wall, operators must make sure their financial management is strong.
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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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You need to set a target pace that will get you to the finish without hitting the wall. Once you do that, you need to make sure you appropriately carbo-load," said Rapoport.
``So, if you want to experience hitting the wall, go too fast, don't drink enough, or wait for a really hot summer's day!''
In these times with landlords focusing on reducing expenses and hitting the wall with trying to raise rents in a market of minimal inflation and high vacancy, owners and investors are turning to cost segregation to generate tax savings, according to Mark de Stefanis, president of Construction Cost Recovery, Inc., which is headquartered in White Plains.
HITTING the wall. It's an almost mythical term that has put the fear of God into any would-be marathon runner.
It will sponsor a panel on gender issues at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on March 12, and an evening titled "Women Hitting the Wall: Stories from the Dance World" on March 19 at the Construction Company in New York City.
Montoya held on to second spot despite hitting the wall early in the final session.
A friend of mine, a marathon runner, recently described her experience of "hitting the wall." At mile 22, she lost sight of her goal.
Collision investigator PC Andy Edgar said it is believed the driver, whose death was confirmed at the scene, may have taken ill at the wheel, and that the car left the road at very low speed before hitting the wall.