Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

hit a wall

hit a wall
Meaning(s)
1) reach a point where you are physically or mentally incapable of making further progress with something
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    • hit a bit of a wall with something
  • Analysis

    The idiom to 'hit a wall' means to come to an obstacle or a mental barrier that is impossible to overcome or to get past. When you 'hit a wall' you are stuck at a particular point and find it hard to progress. To 'hit a wall' can also mean to become exhausted or so tired that you can not continue.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Halfway through the marathon, Helen hit a wall and could not go any further. She was completely exhausted!
    2. I have hit a wall with my research for my thesis. I need to find a few more sources to consult.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. We had gotten quite far with creating the new marketing strategy but now we seem to have hit a wall. I think we need to have a good brainstorming session and toss some ideas around.
    2. I hit a bit of a wall with my work and had to ask Sarah to give me a hand. She is great at overcoming stumbling blocks.
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