To hit a/the wall
Posted by Bruce Kahl on October 05, 2001
In Reply to: To hit a/the wall posted by ESC on October 05, 2001
: : Sometimes you hear someone say, or you read, "then he hit a wall" --- meaning what exactly?
: Runners "hit a wall." It's a point where the runner is exhausted and in pain. But if she keeps running, the runner can go past this point. "Get a second wind."
: Am I right sports fans? I have never experienced this. I've never run anywhere in my life and don't plan to.
Your phrase is also used to indicate a dead end or obstruction as in "The detectives looked at all the leads in the case and then they hit a wall".