One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Make someone very irritated or angry.‘it's driving me up the wall trying to find out who did what’
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, peeveView synonyms
- ‘The noise is a low frequency vibration which can drive you up the wall when the wind sets it into homes and farms.’
- ‘Its shouty hardcore-style vocals and insanely overused thrash-metal-hardcore snare drum attack drove me up the wall.’
- ‘His contrived jollity is driving me 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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘And each one was rude or stubborn or had some irritating habit that drove him up the wall.’
- ‘We spend a lot of time out in the garden and the sound of the fork - lift trucks drives you up the wall.’
- ‘There was something cloying about Charlie's attentiveness that drove her up the wall from time to time.’
- ‘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.’
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