rub the wrong way

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

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rub (someone) the wrong way (US) (or Brit rub (someone) up the wrong way)
informal : to cause (someone) to be angry or annoyed :irritate

She meant to be helpful but her suggestion really rubbed me the wrong way.

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Main Entry:rub
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rub (someone) the wrong way — see rub, 1
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Main Entry:wrong

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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