get under someone's skin
- (idiomatic) To irritate someone.
1920, Mary Roberts Rinehart, chapter 15, in A Poor Wise Man:
- [T]his Bolshevist stuff gets under my skin. I've got a home and a family here. I started in to work when I was thirteen, and all I've got I've made and saved right here.
1929, Edgar Wallace, chapter 57, in The Black:
- She could get under his skin and drag on the raw places.
- (idiomatic) To make a memorable impression or have a strong effect on someone; to impact someone's feelings.
- 2003 July 28, James Poniewozik, "Body Shop," Time:
- Some TV shows get under your skin with lovable characters or subtle writing.