brick\ wall

• stone wall
• brick wall
• run into a brick wall
• run into a stone wall
adj
Something hard to overcome; an idea or belief that is hard to change.

The students ran into a brick wall when they asked the principal to put off the examination.

Dick tried to change Father's mind about letting him use the car Saturday night, but he was up against a stone wall.


Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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