get on someone's nerves

Irritate someone, as in His fidgeting gets on the teacher's nerves, or, as T.S. Eliot put it in The Elder Statesman (1959): “How it used to get on my nerves, when I saw you always sitting there with your nose in a book.” [c. 1900]


Nearby words

  1. get off the dime,
  2. get off the ground,
  3. get off the hook,
  4. get on,
  5. get on someone's good side,
  6. get on the bandwagon,
  7. get on the stick,
  8. get on with it,
  9. get one down,
  10. get one's

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