come up against a brick wall

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come up against a brick wall

To be stymied by difficulties or obstacles that seem unlikely to change. There are so few properties available in our town right now that prospective buyers are basically coming up against a brick wall. I'm trying to get funding for my project, but so far I've come up against a brick wall and have made only $20.
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come up against a brick wall

If you come up against a brick wall, someone or something stops you from making any progress in what you are trying to do. I was tired, I'd been working really hard for a long time and I felt that I'd come up against a brick wall. We always come up against a brick wall because we don't have the expertise or authority. Note: Verbs such as run and go are sometimes used instead of come. We'd run up against a brick wall with the financing for the project.
See also: brick, come, up, wall

come up against (or hit) a brick wall

encounter an insuperable problem or obstacle while trying to do something.
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be/come up against a brick ˈwall

(also hit a brick ˈwall) be unable to make any progress because there is a difficulty that stops you: Since he had no more money to spend on the project, he was up against a brick wall.Plans to build a new road around the town hit a brick wall when local residents protested.
See also: brick, come, up, wall