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blank wall

noun
1.
an impassable barricade or obstacle; a situation in which further progress is impossible:
Attempts to get information by questioning the neighbors ran into a blank wall.
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  • Had she actually believed that she could plant a seed of liberalism in the blank wall of mediocrity?

    Main Street Sinclair Lewis
  • She existed, unapproachable, behind the blank wall of his renunciation.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • Nor was the building opposite calculated to inspire the most sedulous observer, being merely the blank wall of a warehouse.

    The Gay Adventure Richard Bird
  • "Camille" met the eye on every fence and blank wall in the place.

    A Pirate of Parts Richard Neville
  • They make for that bit of blank wall opposite, and stand licking the saline moisture which oozes from the plaster in the shade.

    Cathedral Cities of Spain William Wiehe Collins
  • To both of them, the future was less of a blank wall than it had seemed, the night before.

    The Brentons Anna Chapin Ray
  • There was no wind stirring and the early afternoon sun beat against the blank wall with blinding effect.

  • In fact, the east side of the Peterkins' house formed a blank wall.

    The Peterkin Papers Lucretia P Hale
  • Once more, it seems, we have reached the limits of a dispensation, and are halted by a blank wall.

    The Arena Various

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