Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

get on someone's nerves

get on nervesget on someone's nerves
Meaning(s)
1) annoy or upset someone
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    • you're getting on my nerves
  • Analysis
    To get on someone's nerves means to irritate or annoy them. This is a casual idiom more suited to social contexts than professional conversation. A person can get on your nerves or a situation or thing can 'get on your nerves'. "John talks so loudly when he's on the phone, he really gets on my nerves." "This printer never works when I need it to, it's getting on my nerves."
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Stop complaining, you're getting on my nerves!
    2. The barman asked the woman to leave the premises as she was getting on his nerves.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Can we get rid of this software? It really gets on my nerves. It never does what I need it to do.
    2. Tony in the office always breathes really loudly. I can't sit near him because it gets on my nerves.
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