rub up the wrong way

rub (up) the wrong way anger or irritate.
Main Entry: rub

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  • rub someone the wrong way — rub someone (or Brit. rub someone up) the wrong way irritate or repel someone as by stroking a cat against the lie of its fur * * * rub (someone) the wrong way (US) (or Brit rub (someone) up the wrong way) informal : to cause (someone) to be… …   Useful english dictionary

  • rub somebody the wrong way — rub sb up the wrong ˈway idiom (BrE) (NAmE rub sb the wrong ˈway) (informal) to make sb annoyed or angry, often without intending to, by doing or saying sth that offends them • …   Useful english dictionary

  • rub someone the wrong way — rub (someone) the wrong way to annoy someone. He was known as a moody and selfish player who rubbed teammates the wrong way. Etymology: based on the idea that if you rub the wrong way on a cat s fur, you annoy it …   New idioms dictionary

  • rub up the wrong way — rub (someone) up the wrong way British & Australian, American to annoy someone without intending to. It s not her fault she just rubs me up the wrong way. Whenever they meet, they always manage to rub each other the wrong way …   New idioms dictionary

  • rub someone the wrong way — Regina s roommates rub her boyfriend the wrong way Syn: irritate, annoy, irk, vex, provoke, displease, exasperate, infuriate, get on someone s nerves, put out, pique, upset, nettle, ruffle someone s feathers, make someone s hackles rise, try… …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • rub somebody the wrong way — verb To bother, disturb, irritate, or annoy. Its a small thing, really, to leave towels unfolded, but it rubs him the wrong way …   Wiktionary

  • rub smb the wrong way — irritate others with something one says or does Her lack of politeness always rubs me the wrong way …   Idioms and examples

  • rub somebody up the wrong way — rub sb up the wrong ˈway idiom (BrE) (NAmE rub sb the wrong ˈway) (informal) to make sb annoyed or angry, often without intending to, by doing or saying sth that offends them • …   Useful english dictionary

  • rub the wrong way — rub (someone) the wrong way to annoy someone. He was known as a moody and selfish player who rubbed teammates the wrong way. Etymology: based on the idea that if you rub the wrong way on a cat s fur, you annoy it …   New idioms dictionary

  • rub the wrong way — ► rub (up) the wrong way anger or irritate. Main Entry: ↑rub …   English terms dictionary

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