turn (one's) face to the wall

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turn (one's) face to the wall

To die. This phrase originated in the Bible. I just learned that Lady Catherine has turned her face to the wall—what a tragedy.
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References in classic literature ?
He pictured him- self lying sick unto death and his aunt bending over him beseeching one little forgiving word, but he would turn his face to the wall, and die with that word unsaid.
He could not turn his face to the wall and sulk, he had to speak when he was spoken to; nor could he help being interested in the conversation of Duane--the first educated man with whom he had ever talked.
The video shows a police officer scolding a student and asking him to turn his face to the wall.