Definition of get (or put) someone's back up in English:

get (or put) someone's back up


  • Make someone annoyed or angry.

    • ‘That's something that's almost guaranteed to get my back up.’
    • ‘He immediately got Patricia 's back up by promising to fight harder for funds.’
    • ‘Lund said: ‘It was a spur-of-the-moment thing, but this ban has really got my back up.’’
    • ‘So when I got this letter asking us to contribute a few days ago, it really got my back up.’
    • ‘Lecturing and name-calling tends to put my back up.’
    • ‘Throughout the evening girls had been coming up to Gavin and flirting with him, which understandably got Charlotte 's back up.’
    • ‘Something seems to have got his back up.’
    • ‘And his questions were exactly the kind that would get my back up.’
    • ‘It was a statement, not a question, spoken in an arrogant, challenging way that immediately put Diana 's back up.’
    • ‘If someone approaches in an aggressive manner then it puts your back up, but we have bent over backwards to help people.’
    • ‘I can tell when people are smoking nearby and I'm out in the open air and it just puts my back up.’
    • ‘If there's one phrase that gets my back up, it's people talking about ‘dumping the kids at the creche.’’
    • ‘There's no point in getting your back up over something which is an honest mistake.’
    • ‘Her only mistake was in over-playing her hand and getting my back up.’
    • ‘It just put my back up and made me more and more determined that I was going to speak out.’
    • ‘It is not easy to be inclusive, but it is your obligation to not only try, but to not get your back up when people call you on things.’
    • ‘I must admit to finding his tone of writing to being rather condescending, which initially put my back up.’
    • ‘David's post really got my back up.’
    • ‘Of course this gets her back up completely, but I'm past caring now.’
    • ‘The reverse side of this is favouritism, which also gets my back up.’
    annoy, irritate, vex, make angry, make cross, anger, exasperate, irk, gall, pique, put out, displease, antagonize, get on someone's nerves, rub up the wrong way, ruffle, ruffle someone's feathers, make someone's hackles rise, raise someone's hackles
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