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.
To boot, it's a tilted picture that gets nailed to the wall.
Amidst the destruction, a Twitter user posted a photo on her account showing a property whose roof was blown off by the strong winds; however a photo of Jesus stayed intact and nailed to the wall.
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 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.
Nailed to the wall, this tattered object clearly shows smoke damage on its bottom edge, which is folded up slightly, forming a precarious shelf for a pile of black glitter.
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.
For example, a false door in the main entryway, which opens to the back of the grand spiral staircase, contains a rough ladder nailed to the wall.