beat\ one's\ head\ against\ a\ wall

v. phr.
To struggle uselessly against something that can't be beaten or helped; not succeed after trying very hard.

Trying to make him change his mind is just beating your head against a wall.


Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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  • beat one's head against a wall — {v. phr.} To struggle uselessly against something that can t be beaten or helped; not succeed after trying very hard. * /Trying to make him change his mind is just beating your head against a wall./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • beat one's head against a wall — {v. phr.} To struggle uselessly against something that can t be beaten or helped; not succeed after trying very hard. * /Trying to make him change his mind is just beating your head against a wall./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • beat one's head against a stone wall — verb To waste effort on a futile project …   Wiktionary

  • beat one's head against a brick wall —  Fail to progress. Reach deadlock. Encounter insurmountable or frustrating difficulties …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • ram one's head against the wall — be hard on oneself, beat oneself up ; try and accomplish something that can t be done that only results in frustration …   English contemporary dictionary

  • head — See: ACID HEAD, BEAT INTO ONE S HEAD, BEAT ONE S HEAD AGAINST A WALL, BIG HEAD, COUNT HEADS, EYES IN THE BACK OF ONE S HEAD, FROM HEAD TO FOOT, GET THROUGH ONE S HEAD, GOOD HEAD ON ONE S SHOULDERS, GO TO ONE S HEAD, HANG ONE S HEAD, HAVE ONE S… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • head — See: acid head, beat into one s head, beat one s head against a wall, big head, count heads, eyes in the back of one s head, from head to foot, get through one s head, good head on one s shoulders, go to one s head, hang one s head, have one s… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • wall — See: BACK TO THE WALL, BEAT ONE S HEAD AGAINST A WALL, CLIMB THE WALL, FORWARD WALL, HANDWRITING ON THE WALL, HOLE IN THE WALL, STONE WALL or BRICK WALL, TO THE WALL …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • wall — See: back to the wall, beat one s head against a wall, climb the wall, forward wall, handwriting on the wall, hole in the wall, stone wall or brick wall, to the wall …   Словарь американских идиом

  • Beat the Clock — For the Sparks song, see Beat the Clock (Sparks song). Beat the Clock Genre Game show Presented by Bud Collyer (1950–1961) Jack Narz (1969–1972) …   Wikipedia


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