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Drive someone up the wall

A vehicle stuck on top of the US-Mexico border

A car stuck on the border fence between the US and Mexico. Photo: AFP / US Customs and Border Protection

Today's Phrase

If something 'drives you up the wall', it makes you very irritated and angry.

For example:

This computer is really driving me up the wall; it keeps crashing!

Shopping for jeans drives her up the wall. She can never find a pair that fit her.

You are driving me up the wall! Will you stop singing that awful song now?

Don't confuse it with

Another phrase is 'climbing the walls'. If you are 'climbing the walls' it means you are extremely nervous, worried or bored.

I've been sitting at home waiting for the phone to ring all day - I'm climbing the walls.

Interesting fact

The US-Mexico border is the most frequently crossed border in the world and is almost 2,000 miles long.

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