drive (someone) up a/the wall

idiom

Definition of drive (someone) up a/the wall

informal
: to make (someone) irritated, angry, or crazy
  • Your constant tapping is driving me up the wall!

Word by Word Definitions

drive play
  1. : to frighten or prod (game, cattle, etc.) into moving in a desired direction

  2. : to go through (an area) driving game animals

  3. : to carry on or through energetically

  1. : an act of driving:

  2. : a trip in a carriage or automobile

  3. : an instance of collecting and moving animals (such as game or cattle) together in a desired direction

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

up play
  1. : in or into a higher position or level

  2. : from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  3. : from below the horizon

  1. : risen above the horizon

  2. : standing

  3. : being out of bed

  1. used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

  2. : up into or in the

  3. : in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. : one in a high or advantageous position

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. : to rise from a lying or sitting position

  2. : to move upward : ascend

  3. used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated

wall play
  1. : a high thick masonry structure forming a long rampart or an enclosure chiefly for defense

  2. : a masonry fence around a garden, park, or estate

  3. : a structure that serves to hold back pressure (as of water or sliding earth)

  1. : to provide, cover with, or surround with or as if with a wall

  2. : to separate by or as if by a wall

  3. : immure

  1. : to roll in a dramatic manner

  2. : to roll (one's eyes) in a dramatic manner


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