Definition of drive someone up the wall in English:

drive someone up the wall

phrase

informal
  • Make someone very irritated or angry:

    ‘it's driving me up the wall trying to find out who did what’
    • ‘There was something cloying about Charlie's attentiveness that drove her up the wall from time to time.’
    • ‘We spend a lot of time out in the garden and the sound of the fork - lift trucks drives you up the wall.’
    • ‘Before long, however, the perky pensioner is running rings around the pair with an unending series of demands and unneighbourly behaviour that drives them up the wall.’
    • ‘His contrived jollity is driving me up the wall.’
    • ‘And each one was rude or stubborn or had some irritating habit that drove him up the wall.’
    • ‘Now that I have a daughter of my own, I can't help wondering when the time will be right for me to start driving her up the wall.’
    • ‘It's the relentless, mind-numbing repeat tasks that drive me up the wall, and sometimes I can't even be bothered to crawl back down again.’
    • ‘Its shouty hardcore-style vocals and insanely overused thrash-metal-hardcore snare drum attack drove me up the wall.’
    • ‘The noise is a low frequency vibration which can drive you up the wall when the wind sets it into homes and farms.’
    • ‘With all the deadlines and projects driving me up the wall, I decided to take a break from all these and go for a short therapy session.’
    enrage, incense, anger, infuriate, madden, inflame, antagonize, make someone's blood boil, make someone's hackles rise, rub up the wrong way, ruffle someone's feathers, ruffle, peeve
    annoy, irritate, exasperate, irk, vex, put out, provoke, pique, gall, displease
    drive crazy, drive mad, make someone see red, get someone's back up, get someone's dander up, get someone's goat, get under someone's skin, get up someone's nose, rattle someone's cage
    aggravate, get someone, needle, bug, nettle, rile, miff, hack off
    wind up, get at, nark, get across, get on someone's wick
    tee off, tick off, burn up, gravel
    piss off
    give someone the pip
    empurple
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