Definition of be banging (or knocking) one's head against a brick wall in US English:

be banging (or knocking) one's head against a brick wall

phrase

  • Be doggedly attempting the impossible and suffering in the process.

    • ‘She felt as though she was knocking her head against a brick wall.’
    • ‘I've been knocking my head against a brick wall for so long.’
    • ‘In the end it was a relief when I got the sack, because I was banging my head against a brick wall every day.’
    • ‘I tapped in to a lot of good things when I came here and I have never felt like I have been banging my head against a brick wall.’
    • ‘Mrs Rutherford said: ‘I just feel like I've been banging my head against a brick wall for the last year because nobody can make a decision.’’
    • ‘You felt you were banging your head against a brick wall.’
    • ‘I feel like I have been banging my head against a brick wall.’
    • ‘Often he felt as if he was banging his head against a brick wall.’
    • ‘The whole time I felt like I was banging my head against a brick wall.’