get someone's back up



get someone's back up

  1. (idiomatic) To annoy or anger a person, either deliberately or inadvertently.
    That joke really got my boss's back up.
    • 1970, James N. Casavis, Principal's Guidelines for Action in Parent Conferences, ISBN 9780137020010, p. 121:
      Telling someone that her child can and should be doing better and not offering some solutions immediately gets my back up.


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