to climb the walls

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - climb the walls

"to climb the walls"

to be very agitated, anxious, bored, frustrated or excited


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - climb the walls

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I am climbing the walls waiting to hear if I got the promotion.

Colleague 2:  No sense in over-stressing yourself. Here, sit down and relax for a minute.

Colleague 1:  I can't relax now. I think I will take a walk and see if that will relieve some of this anxiety.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - climb the walls

Two teachers are talking ...

Teacher 1:  Well, we made it lunchtime on the last day of school. How are things going in your classroom?

Teacher 2:  Crazy. The children are so excited that school is over for another year, I can't keep them in their seats.

Teacher 1:  Mine are climbing the walls, too.

Teacher 2:  I guess we just have to try to find things to keep them busy. It is almost over.

to climb the walls - Usage:


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to climb the walls - Gerund Form:

Climbing the walls with worry, the parents waited for news of their lost child.

to climb the walls - Examples:

1)  ... and could not believe how socially isolating dissertating was. I was literally climbing the walls, and finally escaped via a part-time job, which ultimately led to the creation ...

2)  ... and one day into a four day weekend, the children are climbing the walls. Pity me! 

3)  However quite clearly, if a person is climbing the walls and genuinely experiencing hallucinations (or similar) and can't be reasoned with in ...

4)  ... work so it will be a short adventure, but we are both climbing the walls - we are so excited!

5)  ... been in the same PJ's for three days and the kids are climbing the walls with cabin fever. 

6)  At first they were sugar-crazed maniacs climbing the walls and running around their desks.

7)  ... think I'll be off a year, I think I'll be climbing the walls after a few weeks at home.

8)  ... worrying, followed by tears. Pathetic! At least I wasn't climbing the walls in pain, but do you know what annoyed me?

9)  ... always thought that when the time came I would be totally terrified - climbing the walls - but no, here I am calmly taping this for you.

10)  It is helping, and it keeps me sane when I feel like climbing the walls.

11)  Every so often I start to climb the walls being in isolation just wanting to break free, ...

12)  ... how weird I felt, feeling like I was about to climb the walls and I swear I was just about to wear my floor boards out through pacing ...

13)  When I hear these stories, I want to climb the walls with anger and frustration.

14)  I heard daddy tell mommy that he would climb the walls if you came to visit us again.

15)  One day is a drag, a week of it and you're climbing the walls.

16)  ... find a suitable rental property -- but within a week we were already climbing the walls and the pressure was really on me to find a flat somewhere - anywhere!

17)  ... without him, I would have been climbing the walls with worry.

18)  ... delighted with the results... until the anaesthetic wore off. I was climbing the walls in pain, and had to return the next day for an emergency appointment.

19)  By the time I had read this snippet of information I was climbing the walls with apprehension and I felt like yelling! 

20)  Two hours in the same room with this student climbing the walls is a long time for the both of you.