put against a wall

   to kill
   The classic form of execution by shooting in a prison yard:
    They will put anyone that answers back against a wall. (A. Clark, 1995, quoting Bormann's instructions to the Nazi Home Army in 1945)

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  • Wall Ball — Wall Ball, also called Ball Wall, Butts Up, Suicide, Patball, Off the Wall, Thumb, Red Butt, Ball to the Wall(Some Difference Edis), One Touch or Wallsies is a type of ball game involving a group which involves the bouncing of a ball against a… …   Wikipedia

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  • wall — n. 1) to build, erect, put up a wall 2) to demolish, tear down a wall 3) to climb, scale a wall 4) to paint; panel; paper walls 5) to line walls (to line walls with bookshelves) 6) a high; low wall 7) a brick; fire; inside; outside; retaining… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • wall — wall1 W1S1 [wo:l US wo:l] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(around an area)¦ 2¦(in a building)¦ 3¦(body)¦ 4 wall of fire/water etc 5 wall of silence/secrecy 6 up the wall 7 off the wall 8 go to the wall 9 these four walls …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • wall — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ high, low ▪ long, short ▪ thick, thin ▪ massive ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • put — [ put ] (past tense and past participle put) verb transitive *** ▸ 1 move something to position ▸ 2 cause to be in situation ▸ 3 write/print something ▸ 4 make someone go to place ▸ 5 give position on list ▸ 6 build/place somewhere ▸ 7 express in …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • put up — phrasal verb Word forms put up : present tense I/you/we/they put up he/she/it puts up present participle putting up past tense put up past participle put up 1) [transitive] to build something such as a wall, fence, or house Grants were available… …   English dictionary

  • put up — verb 1. place so as to be noticed (Freq. 4) post a sign post a warning at the dump • Syn: ↑post • Derivationally related forms: ↑posting (for: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • put one on his feet — Foot Foot (f[oo^]t), n.; pl. {Feet} (f[=e]t). [OE. fot, foot, pl. fet, feet. AS. f[=o]t, pl. f[=e]t; akin to D. voet, OHG. fuoz, G. fuss, Icel. f[=o]tr, Sw. fot, Dan. fod, Goth. f[=o]tus, L. pes, Gr. poy s, Skr. p[=a]d, Icel. fet step, pace… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wall of Sound — The Wall of Sound is a music production technique for pop and rock music recordings developed by record producer Phil Spector at Gold Star Studios during the 1960s. Spector, working with audio engineers such as Larry Levine, created a dense,… …   Wikipedia

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