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get someone's Irish up

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The Irish have often been stereotyped as short-tempered.

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get someone's Irish up

  1. (idiomatic) To anger or annoy someone.
    • 1979, David Garth, New York Magazine, page 14:
      "It's so crazy I've got to believe they're either paranoid or trying to get his Irish up so he will run [and split the anti-Carter vote in the primaries]. My guess is it's paranoia."

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