(drive) up the wall

Meaning(s)

1. (cause to be) in a state of great irritation or anxiety

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that noise is driving me up the wall!

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If someone is driving you up the wall, they are annoying or irritating you a lot. When someone is driving you up the wall, they are provoking anger or a negative response from you. This is an informal expression usually used in social contexts.

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  1. Brian's constant whistling is driving me up the wall! I wish he would stop doing it.
  2. Taking my kids on holiday nearly drove me up the wall! They really know how to push my buttons. 

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  1. Our latest setback means that we are going to miss the deadline. The boss will be up the wall when she finds out.
  2. I'm usually good at not letting my students drive me up the wall, but their behaviour in class today has really gotten under my skin.

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