beat one's head against 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

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.
See also: beat, head, wall
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LITTLEROCK - A man who a helicopter crew said was illegally dumping tree branches in the desert led sheriff's deputies on a chase Thursday in a beat-up pickup truck that finally ran onto the front lawn of a Littlerock home and crashed into a brick wall.
1 -- color) Paramedics work on a man who authorities said drove a pickup truck into a brick wall Thursday by a home in Littlerock.