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WALL. A building or erection so well known as to need no definition. In general a man may build a wall on any part of his estate, to any height he may deem proper, and in such form as may best accommodate him; but he must take care not to erect a wall contrary to the local regulations, nor in such a manner as to be injurious to his neighbors. See Dig. 50, 16, 157. Vide Party Wall.

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But while some smaller marts went to the wall, Welshpool's closure was never an option, said Keith Davies, a partner in Welshpool Livestock Sales.
The Last Days Of Lehman Brothers tells the story of what happened when the US banking giant went to the wall.
Around 140 workers lost their jobs after Culdaff Construction in Glasgow went to the wall due to a "cash-flow crisis".
Last year thousands of companies went to the wall at the rate of 70 per week, resulting in millions of pounds of bad debts, often at the expense of other UK businesses, consumers and the UK economy as a whole.