One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘it was the sheer effrontery of them which got under my skin’
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
informal peeve, aggravate, miff, get, get in someone's hair, get up someone's nose, hack off, get someone's goat
British informal nark, get on someone's wick, give someone the hump, wind up, get across
North American informal tick off, rankle, ride, gravel
vulgar slang piss off
British vulgar slang get on someone's tits
rare exacerbate, hump, rasp
2‘she's got under my skin—I can't stop thinking about her’
obsess, intrigue, captivate, interest greatly, charm
enthral, enchant, fill someone's mind, mesmerize, hypnotize, entrance
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