He telephoned the Archives and I was buzzed through a locked door to climb up several hundred stone steps to the Round Tower.
Since the end of 2008, state debt has been going up and down, while federal debt continues to climb ever higher.
The climb took two hours and a half, and they stopped six times for Xerox to drink tea, or a glass of sugarcane juice.
Old English climban "raise oneself using hands and feet; rise gradually, ascend; make an ascent of" (past tense clamb, past participle clumben, clumbe), from West Germanic *klimbanan "go up by clinging" (cf. Dutch klimmen "to climb," Old High German klimban, German klimmen). A strong verb in Old English, weak by 16c. Most other Germanic languages long ago dropped the -b. Meaning "to mount as if by climbing" is from mid-14c. Figurative sense of "rise slowly by effort" is from mid-13c. Related: Climbed; climbing.
1580s, "act of climbing," from climb (v.). Meaning "an ascent by climbing" is from 1915, originally in aviation.