knock (one's) head against a/the wall

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knock (one's) head against a/the 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 knocking my head against the wall trying to understand this math equation. Some people are never going to agree with you on this, so it's no use knocking your head against a wall trying to convince everyone.
See also: head, knock, wall
References in classic literature ?
Then she is wringing her hands, spitting blood, weeping, and all at once she will begin knocking her head against the wall, in despair.
Only then he realised what those poor little orphan children and that pitiful half-crazy Katerina Ivanovna, knocking her head against the wall in her consumption, meant for Sonia.