Drive someone up a wall

Definition

Drive someone up a wall is an idiom that means to annoy or frustrate someone to the point of exasperation.

Examples

His incessant nagging was driving me up a wall.

She was driving her teacher up a wall with her constant questions.

His constant whining was driving his parents up a wall.

I was about to scream, she was driving me up a wall.

His constant belittling was driving her up a wall.

Origin

The origin of this idiom is uncertain, though some believe it comes from the idea of pacing back and forth while agitated, as if trying to climb a wall.

FAQs

Q

What does the idiom “drive someone up a wall” mean?

A

The idiom “drive someone up a wall” means to annoy or frustrate someone to the point of exasperation.