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"wall" in British English

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wallnoun

uk   /wɔːl/ us   /wɑːl/
A1 [C] a vertical structure, often made of stone or brick, that divides or surrounds something: The walls in this apartment are so thin you can hear just about every word the neighbours say. The walls look a bit bare - can't we put some pictures up? We had to climb over a ten-foot wall to get into the garden. The Berlin Wall came down in 1989.
[C] any outer part of a hollow structure in the body: the wall of the uterus/stomach an artery wall
[C] a mass of people or things formed in such a way that you cannot get through or past them: The demonstrators formed a solid wall to stop the police from getting past them.
[C] in football, a row of players who stand ten yards away from where a free kick is taken in order to make scoring directly from the free kick more difficult: Rooney curved the free kick past the Newcastle defensive wall and inside the far post.
[S] literary a large, powerful, usually fast moving mass of something: After the rains, the houses were washed away by a wall of mud/water.
[S] a way of feeling or behaving that completely prevents two groups of people from communicating with or understanding each other: There is a wall of mistrust between the two groups.

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(Definition of wall from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"wall" in American English

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wallnoun [C]

us   /wɔl/
a vertical structure that divides or encloses something: The walls of the fortress were more than eighteen inches thick. We’d like the walls painted white.
A wall of people or things is a mass of them formed in such a way that you cannot get through or past them:
(Definition of wall from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"wall" in Business English

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wallnoun [C]

uk   /wɔːl/ us  
go to the wall UK informal
if a business goes to the wall, it goes bankrupt: After twelve months of big losses, the company went to the wall.
(Definition of wall from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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