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23rd January 2017

It's like talking to a brick wall

We use this expression to criticise somebody because they don't listen to what you tell them.
Usage
Written: 
No
Spoken: 
Yes
Formal: 
No
Informal: 
Yes
Example 1
Have you written that letter that we talked about?
What letter? Sorry, I don't remember this.
Honestly! It's like talking to a brick wall...
Example 2
I keep telling the staff not to put food in that bin, but they don't listen.
Yes, I know. It's like talking to a brick wall.