rub (someone) up the wrong way


1. irritate or annoy someone






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he/she just rubs me up the wrong way

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To 'rub someone up the wrong way' is to annoy or irritate someone or to provoke them in a way that frustrates them. This idiom is similar in meaning to 'get on someone's nerves' or 'get under your skin'. 

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  1. I don't like Frank. I don't know what it is exactly, he just rubs me up the wrong way.
  2. My brother drives me crazy, he knows exactly how to rub me up the wrong way.

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  1. Laura will find it very hard to work as part of a team. She has a habit of rubbing people up the wrong way.
  2. I didn't mean to offend anyone with my comment. The last thing I want to do is rub someone up the wrong way.

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