Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts
rub (someone) up the wrong way
rub up the wrong wayrub someone up the wrong way
1) irritate or annoy someone
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he/she just rubs me up the wrong way
To 'rub someone up the wrong way' is to annoy or irritate someone or to provoke them in a way that frustrates them. This idiom is similar in meaning to 'get on someone's nerves' or 'get under your skin'.
Social Examples (Basic)
I don't like Frank. I don't know what it is exactly, he just rubs me up the wrong way.
My brother drives me crazy, he knows exactly how to rub me up the wrong way.
Professional Examples (Basic)
Laura will find it very hard to work as part of a team. She has a habit of rubbing people up the wrong way.
I didn't mean to offend anyone with my comment. The last thing I want to do is rub someone up the wrong way.
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