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beat one's head against the wall meaning

  • [American idiom]
    to waste one's time trying to accomplish something that is completely hopeless.
    You're wasting your time trying to fix up this house. 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.

  • [American slang]
    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.

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