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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Im not saying it gets easier, but at least youre not beating your head against the wall and saying, Why wont this square peg fit in this round hole?
Meanwhile, maybe you're still out there with the LTCI policies you can still sell, the annuities, the life insurance-based hybrids, the short-term care insurance (STCI) policies, the reverse mortgage loan applications, the PACE program fact sheets, and whatever other planning instruments you can find, and you may wonder why you're still beating your head against the wall.
Don't bother beating your head against the wall with a precontemplator," Dr.
Sometimes it can be like beating your head against the wall, other times you are successful.
And finally, stop beating your head against the wall.