One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘her reticence about certain things irked him’
irritate, annoy, vex, gall, rattle, pique, rub up the wrong way, exasperate, try someone's patience, put out, displease
anger, infuriate, madden, incense, make someone's blood boil, get on someone's nerves, make angry, make cross
ruffle, ruffle someone's feathers, make someone's hackles rise, raise someone's hackles, discountenance
antagonize, provoke, goad
informal get someone's goat, get someone's back up, put someone's back up, peeve, miff, rile, aggravate, nettle, needle, get, get to, bug, hack off, get under someone's skin, get up someone's nose, put someone's nose out of joint, give someone the hump, rattle someone's cage, get someone's dander up, drive crazy, drive mad, drive round the twist, drive up the wall, make someone see red
British informal wind up, brown off, cheese off, nark, get across, get on someone's wick
North American informal tee off, tick off, burn up, rankle, ride, gravel, bum out
NZ informal rark
vulgar slang piss off
British vulgar slang get on someone's tits
dated, informal give someone the pip
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