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    give somebody the bellyache

    Dear teachers,

    Would you help to me to interpret in plain English the meaning of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    My next door neighbor gives me the bellyache. He has never a kind word for anyone.

    give somebody the bellyache = irritate, worry someone, make someone nervous, get on someone’s nerve

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V

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    Re: give somebody the bellyache

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you help to me to interpret in plain English the meaning of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    My next door neighbor gives me the a bellyache. He has never a kind word for anyone.

    give somebody the a bellyache = irritate, worry someone, make someone nervous, get on someone’s nerves.

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V
    You're correct, but I would not include make someone nervous. Note that to make someone nervous is not the same as to get on someone's nerves.

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