drive up the wall


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Related to drive up the wall: at first blush, worse for wear, driving a hard bargain

drive someone up the wall

Fig. to annoy or irritate someone. Stop whistling that tune. You're driving me up the wall. All his talk about moving to California nearly drove me up the wall.
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drive you up the wall

to make you very unhappy and full of anxiety or anger Working in front of a computer screen all day drives me up the wall.
Related vocabulary: drive you to distraction
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drive somebody up the wall

  (informal)
to make someone very angry or very bored I was being driven up the wall by their silly chatter. Working in a factory would have driven me up the wall.
See drive round the bend, push over the edge, drive into the ground, drive home, drive round the twist
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