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

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beat (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. Some people are never going to agree with you on this, so it's no use beating your head against a wall trying to convince everyone. I feel like I've been beating my head against the wall trying to understand this math equation.
See also: beat, head, wall

beat one's head against the wall

 and bang one's head against a brick wall
Fig. to waste one's time trying hard to accomplish something that is completely hopeless. You're wasting your time trying to figure this puzzle out. You're just beating your head against the wall. You're banging your head against a brick wall trying to get that dog to behave properly.
See also: beat, head, wall

beat one's head against the wall

Also, bang or run one's head against or into a brick wall . Waste one's time in a hopeless enterprise, as in I have tried many times to convince him to stop smoking, but I'm beating my head against a brick wall . The metaphoric phrase alludes to a physical expression of frustration. [Late 1500s] Also see beat the air.
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And yet, the words are hardly out of my mouth before I return to beating my head against the wall of my own boundaries, endlessly frustrated by my limitations.
I think I felt then that I was beating my head against the wall, and now it feels as though the world has come round more to my point of view.
Lou hollering and me beating my head against the wall and crying until her voice is gone and all my pain converges in my bloodied head.
I worked here as a teacher," Toner says, "and I remember beating my head against the wall trying to solve problems I wasn't trained to solve.
In the end, I felt very good about the work, but making it was like beating my head against the wall.