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EtymologyEdit

Origin uncertain; it has been suggested that the term may be derived from French prendre la chèvre (literally to take the goat), or refer to the stealing of a goat mascot from a military unit, etc.[1]

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get someone's goat (third-person singular simple present gets someone's goat, present participle getting someone's got, simple past got someone's goat, past participle got someone's goat or (North American and regional Britain) gotten someone's goat)

  1. (informal) To annoy or infuriate someone.
    Synonyms: get someone's nanny, get someone's nanny-goat, give someone the shits (Australia, colloquial, vulgar); see also Thesaurus:annoy, Thesaurus:enrage
    It really gets my goat when inconsiderate people drop litter in public.

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  1. ^ goat” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2019; “Get one’s goat” in Michael Quinion, World Wide Words[1], created 26 June 1999, last updated 3 December 2014.