rile | riled

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make somebody angry

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rile - annoy

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If somebody or something manages to ‘rile’ you, then it leads you to feel agitation and irritation. The term implies an annoyance caused by minor aggravations that grate over time and build into something that elicits a strong, and perhaps out of proportion reaction.

Synonyms irritate
Antonyms appease

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  1. I know Claire’s habit of tapping her desk at work is annoying, but you shouldn’t let it rile you to such a degree.

  2. I hate having to teach that insubordinate class every day. The students just get me so riled up!

  3. Our boss is quite temperamental, and really gets riled if you ever try to question any of her decisions.

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