Definition of drive someone up the wall in English:

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drive someone up the wall

informal Make someone very irritated or angry: it’s driving me up the wall trying to find out who did what
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  • And each one was rude or stubborn or had some irritating habit that drove him 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.
  • 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.
informal drive mad/crazy, 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
British informal wind up, get at, nark, get across, get on someone's wick
North American informal tee off, tick off, burn up, gravel
vulgar slang piss off
informal, dated give someone the pip
rare empurple
See parent entry: wall
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