Definition of get under someone's skin in English:

get under someone's skin


  • 1Annoy or irritate someone intensely.

    ‘it was the sheer effrontery of them which got under my skin’
    • ‘What gets under our skin, aggravates, infuriates, frustrates and makes us hate is of the same seed that also begets love and divine revelation.’
    • ‘She would never let them manage to anger her or get under her skin.’
    • ‘Ugh, someone here is getting under my skin, really starting to annoy me, and I can't put my figure on why/how exactly.’
    • ‘What's most annoying is that it seems to get under your skin - not irritating like a rash, more like an itch that needs to be scratched.’
    • ‘Casey tries not to let such negativity bother him, but it gets under his skin nonetheless.’
    • ‘This rich kid was getting under my skin, but the free ride out of town in a jiffy was what I was after.’
    irritate, annoy, gall, irk, get someone's back up, put someone's back up, pique, rankle with, nettle, needle, bother, vex, provoke, displease, upset, offend, affront, anger, exasperate, disgruntle, ruffle, get on someone's nerves, ruffle someone's feathers, make someone's hackles rise, raise someone's hackles, rub up the wrong way
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  • 2Fill someone's mind in a compelling and persistent way.

    ‘he had managed to get under my skin—I couldn't wait to be with him’
    • ‘We wanted to make a movie that slowly got under your skin, that was about building, inescapable dread.’
    • ‘Some songs get under your skin and refuse to move.’
    • ‘Albert's Sam is a study in understatement, slowly but surely getting under Izzy 's skin.’
    • ‘It gets under your skin and opens up a space that is filled by sadness and silence.’
    • ‘In twice finding myself in the thick of efforts to save it from closure, the club has really got under my skin.’
    • ‘His intensely intimate music gets under your skin rather than grabbing you by the lapels.’
    • ‘We didn't know what it was, but it got under your skin; it was a very hip, gospel, Latin sound.’
    • ‘I've never warmed to Bowie, which is the same as saying: Bowie never really chilled me, got under my skin, possessed me…’
    • ‘Then I did a little play and quite liked that and it got under my skin.’
    • ‘Who were the other writers who got under your skin?’
    obsess, intrigue, captivate, interest greatly, charm
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  • 3Reach or display a deep understanding of someone.

    ‘movies that get under the skin of the British national character’
    • ‘He changed his ways many years ago because a good, decent woman got under his skin and made him understand what love was all about.’
    • ‘And yes, you guys did manage to get under my skin.’
    • ‘Then he comes in contact with a woman who gets under his skin.’
    • ‘I know it's a cliche but I thought the author really managed to get under Clara 's skin in a way which made us empathise with her.’