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I came across this phrase that I don't understand. What does it mean?

frustrates the life out of me

I want to know how to use it too.

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    There is a common idiom - scare the life out of somebody to mean to scare somebody too much. You made one with frustrate along the same line. It means to annoy/irritate somebody too much. By the way where did you find it? – Man_From_India Jan 20 '15 at 15:00
  • I reckon I heard it from skysports – Midhun Raj Jan 20 '15 at 17:05
  • Modelled after the vulgar expression: to beat the shit out of someone. – rogermue Jan 21 '15 at 3:56
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"- the life out of me", usually "scared the life out of me", is an idiom. It loosely means "until I had no energy left". If something frustrates the life out of me, I am exhausted from being so frustrated and feel like I can't do anything else.

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It would be more common to say "... frustrates the hell out of me" or "... scares the life out of me". I'd avoid overusing this sort of idiom.

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Literally, it means to frustrate to the point of death. It's the same basic pattern as "to crush the life out of", as a constrictor snake will crush the life out of its prey before it begins to feed.

If anything ever literally frustrated the life out of you, you'd no longer be in a position to tell us. However, something can frustrate you beyond what you are willing or able to tolerate. In such a case, this phrasing makes perfect sense.

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