One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘if you are feeling slightly down, the smallest things are likely to irritate you’
annoy, vex, make angry, make cross, anger, exasperate, bother, irk, gall, pique, put out, displease, get someone's back up, put someone's back up, antagonize, get on someone's nerves, rub up the wrong way, try someone's patience, ruffle, ruffle someone's feathers, make someone's hackles rise, raise someone's hackles
enrage, infuriate, madden, incense, make someone's blood boil, drive to distraction, goad, provoke
informal aggravate, peeve, hassle, miff, rile, nettle, needle, get, get to, bug, hack off, get under someone's skin, get in someone's hair, get up someone's nose, put someone's nose out of joint, get someone's goat, give someone the hump, rattle someone's cage, get someone's dander up, drive crazy, drive mad, drive round the bend, drive round the twist, drive up the wall, drive bananas, make someone see red
British informal wind up, nark, get across, get on someone's wick
North American informal tee off, tick off, burn up, rankle, ride, gravel, bum out
British informal get on someone's tits
NZ informal rark
informal, dated give someone the pip
vulgar slang piss off
rare exacerbate, hump, rasp
2‘some sand got into the car and irritated my eyes’
chafe, abrade, fret, gall, rub painfully, rub against, scratch, rasp, scrape, graze, grate
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