Wall-to-wall and tree-top tall

Posted by ESC on January 14, 2004

In Reply to: Wall-to-wall posted by Word Camel on January 14, 2004

: : Could anyone please tell me which is the meaning of the adjective "wall-to-wall"? Context is this: A character in a novel says he's "fleeing from the wall-to-wall 'One Year After' TV specials." Thank you.

: The comparison is to wall-to-wall carpet, or carpet that covers the whole floor of a house without any gaps. It implies that these television specials are relentless and impossible to avoid if one watches any television at all.

Also, there was a phrase during the CB radio craze. "Wall-to-wall and tree-top tall." Didn't that mean that the signal could be picked up over a broad area?