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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

climb the wall

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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

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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She stroked his head with a half-embarrassed laugh, and replied, - 'I did not know he had attempted to climb the wall. - I have the pleasure of addressing Mr.
If the light is in front you must climb the wall, for they will leave the gate locked.
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It also teaches safety by using a Belay string to climb the wall without fear.
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Additional Inspector General said that no one can climb the wall of the jail due to its height.
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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.
From 7 to 9 p.m., YMCA members are encouraged to climb the wall under the watchful eyes of trained volunteers.
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