climb the wall

climb the walls

To be anxious or annoyed to the point of frenzy. If she makes another foolish blunder like that, I'll be ready to climb the walls. The doctor hasn't called me with the test results yet, so I've been climbing the walls.
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climb the wall(s)

Fig. to be very agitated, anxious, bored, or excited. He was home for only three days; then he began to climb the wall. I was climbing the walls to get back to work.
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climb the wall

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climb the wall(s), to

To be driven to action out of restlessness or frustration. In the Book of Joel (2:7) the writer says, “They shall climb the wall like men of war,” and, in fact, until relatively recent times cities and towns were surrounded by defensive walls, which protected them against their enemies. The fierceness of attackers who climbed such walls survives in the sense of frenzy suggested by the modern cliché. See also drive (someone) up the wall.
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References in classic literature ?
She stroked his head with a half-embarrassed laugh, and replied, - 'I did not know he had attempted to climb the wall.
If the light is in front you must climb the wall, for they will leave the gate locked.
Additional Inspector General said that no one can climb the wall of the jail due to its height.
The Israeli military spokeswoman said that the boy was not injured in the shooting, claiming that he tried to climb the wall of the settlement
It is easy to climb the wall from that side as there are some huge stones lying there.
David Axtell, 42, a British health insurance consultant from Sr, was one of the first to climb the wall with his children Charlotte, nine, and George, 11.
People will be able to climb the wall for free until tomorrow, from 6pm to 10pm.
A Jewish extremist crossed the Magharbeh bridge, which links the gate with the Western Wall, and tried to climb the wall surrounding the mosque and enter it before being prevented by a guard.
Out of Doug and Gerry hurried down the alleyway at the back of Park Lane, and got ready to climb the wall of the yard which hopefully had 1964 on the other side.
YMCA members are encouraged to climb the wall under the watchful eyes of trained volunteers.
step up Cpl Dave MacKenzie helps Steven Wykes climb the wall at Moor End Technology College industry day AN introduction to the world of work was given to students at Moor End Technology College.
Youngsters paid 50p to climb the wall and all the money raised will go towards the Snowball Appeal, backed by the Evening Telegraph and Mercia FM.
They tended to spend more time attempting to climb the wall of the pool or swimming along the wall," Lai says.
1979: The 13th proved unlucky for Prince Charles who bumped his head on scaffolding as he prepared to climb the wall of Exeter cathedral.