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English definition of “be/come up against a brick wall”

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be/come up against a brick wall

to be unable to make more progress with a plan or discussion because someone is stopping you
Translations of “be/come up against a brick wall”
in Chinese (Traditional) 面臨不可逾越的障礙, 遇上解決不了的難題…
in Chinese (Simplified) 面临不可逾越的障碍, 遇上解决不了的难题…
(Definition of be/come up against a brick wall from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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