rub someone the wrong way

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. 2014.

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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 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 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 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 — phrasal : to arouse the antagonism, antipathy, or displeasure of : irritate a knack of understanding my fellow creatures … and not being rubbed the wrong way by their faults Max Beerbohm * * * rub (someone) the wrong way (US) (or Brit rub… …   Useful english dictionary

  • rub someone 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 (or Brit. rub someone up) the wrong way — anger or irritate someone. → rub …   English new terms dictionary

  • rub someone up the wrong way — If you annoy or irritate someone when you didn t mean to, you rub them up the wrong way …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • rub someone up the wrong way — (Brit.).See annoy. → rub * * * rub someone up the wrong way informal phrase to do or say things that annoy someone Laura has a habit of rubbing people up the wrong way. Thesaurus: to make someone angry or annoyed …   Useful english dictionary

  • rub the wrong way — {v. phr.}, {informal} To make (someone) a little angry; do something not liked by (someone); annoy; bother. * /John s bragging rubbed the other boys the wrong way./ * /Mother s friend called Harold a little boy, and that rubbed Harold the wrong… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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