Definition of get one's Irish up in US English:

get one's Irish up


  • Cause one to become angry.

    ‘if someone tries to make me do something I don't want to do, it gets my Irish up’
    • ‘It takes a lot to get my Irish up but up it is.’
    • ‘Fortunately or unfortunately, I got his Irish up when I compared his behavior to the tobacco company executives swearing that they had no idea that nicotine was addictive.’
    • ‘Well in that case, here's something that might get your Irish up.’
    • ‘Early in my blogging career I used to get my Irish up too much.’
    • ‘Just a few days before St. Patrick's Day, a Vermont woman got her Irish up before the state supreme court over her right to include the word ‘Irish’ on her license plate.’
    • ‘I got my Irish up to fight back; fortunately, someone was holding me back, laughing.’
    • ‘What gets my Irish up about all this of course is how he was attacked when he died.’
    • ‘When someone shouted, ‘Jimmy got his Irish up,’ everyone knew that trouble was just around the corner.’
    • ‘Yes, Big Bill has managed to really get my Irish up a couple of times over the course of the past six months or so.’
    • ‘It was at this point that Higgins got his Irish up then took aim at the referee's solar plexus with a right jab.’