One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A persistent source of irritation.‘he had been a burr under the saddle of the government in his time’
- ‘I am moved to write you about a book review in your last issue and a closely related subject that has long been a burr under my saddle.’
- ‘Ron Sider has been a burr in the ethical saddle of the evangelical world for decades.’
- ‘Frankly I think the Empress was just being cranky but it irritated me all the same and the incident was still a burr under my saddle today.’
- ‘‘He has a burr under his saddle,’ I said and the boy turned around, startled.’
- ‘Though it would be difficult for Earnhardt to admit, Gordon was the burr in his saddle.’
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