And when we got the music I just thought, wow ... take me off the ceiling!
There were electric lamps in the ceiling, but the light was feeble and the power intermittent.
My host gleefully took aim at his ceiling and mock-strafed imaginary F-16s.
They can then go back and vote against increasing the ceiling.
Then panic set in as flames rapidly engulfed the ceiling and filled the discotheque with black smoke.
The ceiling of this strange room was now their floor, but Rawson was not deceived.
Mrs Verloc, on her back, and staring at the ceiling, made a remark.
A lamp pendant from the ceiling was uncovered, and they pointed to a table.
Mr Pecksniff looked up to the ceiling, and clasped his hands in rapture.
Adam, who had been helping in the latter stages, squinted at the ceiling of the box.
mid-14c., celynge, "act of paneling a room," noun formed (with -ing) from Middle English verb ceil "put a cover or ceiling over," later "cover (walls) with wainscoting, panels, etc." (early 15c.); probably from Middle French celer "to conceal," also "cover with paneling" (12c.), from Latin celare (see cell). Probably influenced by Latin caelum "heaven, sky" (see celestial).
Extended to the paneling itself from late 14c. The meaning "top surface of a room" is attested by 1530s. Figurative sense "upper limit" is from 1934. Colloquial figurative phrase hit the ceiling "lose one's temper, get explosively angry" attested by 1908; earlier it meant "to fail" (by 1900, originally U.S. college slang). Glass ceiling in the figurative sense of "invisible barrier that prevents women from advancing" in management, etc., is attested from 1988.
An upper limit: The Gov put a two-billiondollar ceiling on office expenses
[1930s+; probably fr ceiling, ''the highest an airplane can go,'' which is attested from 1917]
the covering (1 Kings 7:3,7) of the inside roof and walls of a house with planks of wood (2 Chr. 3:5; Jer. 22:14). Ceilings were sometimes adorned with various ornaments in stucco, gold, silver, gems, and ivory. The ceilings of the temple and of Solomon's palace are described 1 Kings 6:9, 15; 7:3; 2 Chr. 3:5,9.