[ ahy-rish ]
/ ˈaɪ rɪʃ /
of, relating to, or characteristic of Ireland, its inhabitants, or their language.
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get one's Irish up, Informal. to become angry or outraged: Don't go getting your Irish up over a little matter like that.
Origin of Irish
1175–1225; Middle English Yrisse, Iris(c)h; compare Old English Īras people of Ireland (cognate with Old Norse Īrar); see -ish1
I·rish·ly, adverban·ti-I·rish, adjective, nounhalf-I·rish, adjectivenon-I·rish, adjective, noun
pre-I·rish, adjectivepro-I·rish, adjectivepseu·do-I·rish, adjective
See Irish pennant.
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British Dictionary definitions for get one's irish up
/ (ˈaɪrɪʃ) /
of, relating to, or characteristic of Ireland, its people, their Celtic language, or their dialect of English
informal, offensive ludicrous or illogical
the Irish (functioning as plural) the natives or inhabitants of Ireland
another name for Irish Gaelic
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Idioms and Phrases with get one's irish up
see luck of the devil (Irish).
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