bang (one's) head against a brick wall

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bang (one's) head against a brick wall

To attempt, continuously and fruitlessly, to accomplish some task or achieve some goal that is or seems ultimately hopeless. I feel like I've been banging my head against a brick wall trying to understand this math equation. Some people are never going to agree with you on this, so it's no use banging your head against a brick wall trying to convince everyone.
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bang (or knock) your head against a brick wall

doggedly attempt the impossible and have your efforts repeatedly and painfully rebuffed.
1995 Jayne Miller Voxpop You're banging your head against a brick wall for years and still getting nowhere. It's soul-destroying.
See also: bang, brick, head, wall