One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘Smith's erratic behaviour exasperated him’
infuriate, incense, anger, annoy, irritate, madden, enrage, send into a rage, inflame, antagonize, provoke, irk, vex, gall, pique, try someone's patience, get on someone's nerves, make someone's blood boil, make someone's hackles rise, make someone see red, get someone's back up, rub up the wrong way, ruffle someone's feathers, drive to distraction
informal aggravate, drive mad, drive crazy, bug, needle, rile, miff, hack off, get to, get at, get up someone's nose, get under someone's skin, put someone's nose out of joint, get someone's goat, give someone the hump, rattle someone's cage, get someone's dander up
British informal nark, wind up, get on someone's wick
North American informal tee off, tick off, burn up, rankle, ride, gravel, bum out
rare exacerbate, hump, rasp
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