- For Teachers
I've found some idioms meaning "to irritate or annoy someone":
1) "To get/put someone's back up";
2) "To get someone's dander up" (some people say "gander up");
3) "To ruffle someone’s feathers";
4) "To raise someone’s hackles";
5) "To make someone's blood boil";
6) "To get someone’s goat";
7) "To get on someone’s wick";
8) "To get in someone’s hair";
9) "To drive someone up the wall";
10) "To drive someone to a fury";
11) "To be like a red rag to a bull".
Which of these idioms do you use/ hear?
Do you use other phrases with the same sense?
Many Thanks for all your answers!
I pretty much agree with Freezeframe. All I'd add is royal.
" What a royal pain in the ass he is."
'Royal" has nothing to do with status instead it just indicates intensity or "specialness" (even more of a pain than usual or typically expected).
Fairly well known but not used that often anymore, at least not where I am of course!
Not a teacher.
If you have a pet peeve, there's something that gets you really annoyed (peeved).
P.S. no s**t -containing idioms? :(
A politer version of "piss off" is "tick off".
He is grating my (f**king) nerves!
I use this one a lot.
"proper way" is grate/ing on my nerves
Not a teacher.
To bug someone is often heard in America.
Stop bugging me!
A high school friend in Brussels, who hailed from Detroit, used to say:
"Youre steimin' on my skitch!"
But I think that's a rare one.
You're giving me the sh*ts.