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    drive smd up the wall or up a wall

    I've come to hear both "driving me up the wall" and "driving me up a wall.''
    "To make someone angry". Would there be a change in the meaning when using different articles?

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    Re: drive smd up the wall or up a wall

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    I've come to hear both "driving me up the wall" and "driving me up a wall.''
    "To make someone angry". Would there be a change in the meaning when using different articles?
    Could it also mean "upset someone"?

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    Re: drive smd up the wall or up a wall

    I've only ever heard to drive somebody up the wall.

    You can forget '...drive up a wall'.

    It means to infuriate somebody - more than upset him.

    Rover

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    Re: drive smd up the wall or up a wall

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I've only ever heard to drive somebody up the wall.

    You can forget '...drive up a wall'.

    It means to infuriate somebody - more than upset him.

    Rover
    Don't get me wrong I just want to be sure. I looked it up in "101 American English Idioms" by Harry Collis. It says "drive up a wall"

    "They say I drive them up a wall wtih all the loud banging"?

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    Re: drive smd up the wall or up a wall

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Don't get me wrong I just want to be sure. I looked it up in "101 American English Idioms" by Harry Collis. It says "drive up a wall"

    "They say I drive them up a wall wtih all the loud banging"?
    Fair enough. I speak BE.

    Rover

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