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brick wallnoun [C usually sing]

 /ˈbrɪk ˈwɔl/
something that ​prevents you from doing something: Even the ​best writers ​hit a brick wall sometimes and can't make a ​storywork.
(Definition of brick wall from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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brick wallnoun [C, usually singular]

uk   us  
a ​point or ​level that it is very difficult to go past: The ​housingmarketdeclined as the ​boom in ​prices hit a brick ​wall.
a problem or ​situation that is very difficult to solve: Their hopes to ​expand the ​company ran into a brick ​wall when they couldn't get a ​loan.
bang/hit your head against a brick wall to ​try repeatedly to do something with no ​success: It ​felt like I was ​hitting my ​head against a brick ​wall because I had no ​support from my ​boss.
(Definition of brick wall from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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