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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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climbing the walls

Anxious or annoyed to the point of frenzy. The doctor hasn't called me with the test results yet, so I've been climbing the walls. If she makes another foolish blunder like that, I'll be climbing the walls.
See also: climb, wall
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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 walls

Show extreme frustration, impatience, or anxiety, as in That long, boring banquet made me want to climb the walls, or If he says that one more time I'll be ready to climb the walls. Although describing a military maneuver dating from ancient times, this slangy phrase has been used figuratively to express strong negative feeling only since about 1970. Also see under drive someone crazy.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

climb the wall

verb
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climb the wall(s)

tv. to do something desperate when one is anxious, bored, or excited. I was climbing the walls to get back to work.
See also: climb, wall
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

climb the walls

To be anxious or frantic.
See also: climb, wall
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. 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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In the morning he stole a march on the sun, for he had finished breakfast when its first rays caught him, and he was climbing the wall of the canyon where it crumbled away and gave footing.
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Whilst this violent, noisy, and bloody scene was passing on the Greve, several men, barricaded behind the gate of communication with the garden, replaced their swords in their sheaths, assisted one among them to mount a ready saddled horse which was waiting in the garden, and like a flock of startled birds, fled in all directions, some climbing the walls, others rushing out at the gates with all the fury of a panic.
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The chemotherapy sessions, don't forget your mag The doctors and nurses with their wonderful care Get your hopes up, you say a little prayer You fight the battle, you're climbing the wall You're going to keep going, bald head and all Stay positive, keep a smile on your face Your attitude will help win the race When you get the all-clear you look at life a different way Life is now going to be in colour and never grey Make the most of it and Pause for Hope You beat it, it was hard but you went and coped.
The soldiers who saw the young man climbing the wall opened fire at him at 7:30 a.m.
The Ministry of the Interior, on Tuesday, released a statement in which it confirmed the attack and the attempted murder against Mohamed Ali Nasri, saying he suffered a broken leg after climbing the wall of his home located near an olive grove close to Mount Salloum.
On Wednesday morning, when the boy entered into the airport from the Kapashera side after climbing the wall, nobody noticed it.
One of the two statues, almost 50 feet in height, shows Buddha climbing the wall of the restaurant, with its bottom facing the street, while the other statue is shown waiting on top of the wall.
The Asteroid Climb room is fitted with a fully matted floor that assures the safety of youngsters engaged in climbing the wall. Many young children will be enamored by the sights and sounds within the room as the space-themed environment includes glowing stars and planets with neon asteroids that can be used by the children for gripping on the wall.
All ages are welcome to climb the wall, and on any given open climb night one might find half a dozen to 30 YMCA members, age 8 to 80, climbing the wall.
The sisters lived on the fourth floor of the condominium and the unidentified man was spotted climbing the wall at the third-floor level, the police said.
They think she then got mixed up over where the party was being held and for some reason ended up climbing the wall of a nearby house.
The women end the piece, literally climbing the wall and gazing out at us upside down.