nailed to the wall

nailed to the wall

[like a trophy] Said of a bug finally eliminated after protracted, and even heroic, effort.
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Suddenly I see them spring into the air, and behold the looking-glass, which is nailed to the wall, sticking fast upon the ceiling.
Queueing for rides can often be the most stressful experience of any such day, but at Legoland they have boards nailed to the wall with buckets of bricks below to keep the kiddies occupied.
A series of six black-and-white inkjet prints by Lommee have been nailed to the wall opposite the window.
A piece of paper nailed to the wall of the mosque said they provided the enemy with information about tunnels, houses and locations where rockets were held, which were then bombed causing the death of many Hamas fighters.
The same kind of progress, suggestive of thought and ideation, moves across Spaghetti Love, 2014, composed of hundreds of drawings, doodles, and photographs nailed to the wall.
Residents in Winson Green woke to find only a bare metal stand nailed to the wall outside Oasis Foundry Academy School, fuelling fears souvenir hunters could try to sell the metal plaque on the internet.
If a trade union exerted that much influence, Labour would be nailed to the wall.
The topic is obvious - crisis captaincy and how to survive when your back seems as nailed to the wall as the dartboard in your local pub," Craddock wrote in his column for News.
But while the time-scale is flexible, the aim of restoring Lingfield to its former glory seems nailed to the wall.
But it's not long before they're wishing they could be back in their old space, where a plain white board nailed to the wall was more practical than the troublesome sliding screens in their new murder room.
The bird made her nest of moss, wool and leaves inside the 18-inch deep bin nailed to the wall and, ignoring the comings and goings of office staff, calmly fed her chicks worms and insects.
Her clothing was heavily blood-stained and the drip bag nailed to the wall.