One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Annoy or upset (someone) by persistent action.‘he started crying—we were getting to him’
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- ‘I couldn't, wouldn't, let him know that he was getting to me.’
- ‘It only occurred to me later how much it all got to me and how the drink affected the way I played.’
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