english is not my first language, and i’m trying to write a poem. can you say “this feeling is driving me up the wall” to explain the frustration of having a crush or is it unnatural? i also don’t want to mean it in a sexual way haha

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  • I suggest you do a search on the two strings "is driving me up the wall" and "is driving me crazy" and decide which of the two, if either, more exactly matches the feeling you want to express.
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As a native English speaker, I can say that it would be unusual to use the phrase "driving me up the wall" to describe something generally positive (having a crush on someone), but "driving me crazy" might be appropriate.

Typically people say "driving me up the wall" to express frustration at a negative situation, e.g. "My computer keeps crashing and it's driving me up the wall", or "my boss won't stop hassling me today, he's driving me up the wall!"

  • Agreed. Besides, "She Drives Me Crazy" is already the title of an 80s hit song so there is a clear precedent.
    – Andrew
    Commented Apr 5, 2018 at 13:58

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