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have a bug up one's ass

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have a bug up one's ass

verb phrase

To be very irascible and touchy: These people with little bugs up their ass, they come here to cause trouble/ Obviously the chief had a bug up his ass, and this was not the time to start an argument/ Cheatham had a hair up his ass, was the consensus/ He had some bug up his butt and insisted I come down last night (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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