to irritate, annoy, or exasperate: It irked him to wait in line.
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How to use irk in a sentence
Case told me that one of the things that irked her after her accident was the number of people who wanted to lecture her on how you should never run alone in the mountains.Trail Runner Andrea Huser Dies After Fall in the Alps | Martin Fritz Huber | December 3, 2020 | Outside Online
These nudges irk critics, who say the options game is one novices shouldn’t play, not least because pros can take advantage of newbies’ inexperience.Robinhood’s next adventure: Stealing market share from the rich | Jeff | December 3, 2020 | Fortune
That irks Valley Center Municipal Water District’s general manager, Gary Arant.Another Agency Wrestles With a Weighted Voting Structure | MacKenzie Elmer | November 25, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
One of India’s leading jewellery brands, Tanishq, is under fire over an advertisement it released last week that irked the country’s right-wing conservatives.Titan’s stock has risen 70% during a year of economic slowdown and a pandemic | Prathamesh Mulye | October 16, 2020 | Quartz
The aggressive new tactic by the IRS is likely to irk many in the cryptocurrency industry given that current tax rules consider any sale or purchase involving crypto—such as buying a cup of coffee with Bitcoin—to be a taxable event.The IRS is adding a cryptocurrency question to Form 1040 for 2020 | Jeff | September 28, 2020 | Fortune
Possibly Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed Rogozin to be irked.Why Does the USA Depend on Russian Rockets to Get Us Into Space? | P. J. O’Rourke | June 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And the evangelicals have been especially irked by the recent sale of a Francis Bacon triptych for an astounding $142 million.
In 2009 he published a book defaming Hitchens and Richard Dawkins because he was irked by their bellicose brand of atheism.
Sure, Cruz recently irked fellow Senate Republicans by dissing them as “squishes” on gun control.Squishes, Step Aside: Ted Cruz and Chris Christie’s Old-School Manliness | Michelle Cottle | May 13, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The particular reform that irked Conkling was the then-novel proposal to eliminate patronage in federal civil service hiring.
He stood on the step, jerking his chin upward and forward as though his collar irked him.All the Brothers Were Valiant | Ben Ames Williams
I got irked again and demanded that the operator connect me with the registration clerk.Highways in Hiding | George Oliver Smith
Captain Guzman said these words were wise, and Martella was compelled reluctantly to accept the situation, though it irked him.Up the Forked River | Edward Sylvester Ellis
He had enjoyed the holiday on Earth though it irked him to recall that hed been obliged to do good here and there.Satan and the Comrades | Ralph Bennitt
To have brought about all these failures this thought irked him most.The Adventures of Kathlyn | Harold MacGrath
British Dictionary definitions for irk
(tr) to irritate, vex, or annoy
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