One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the surprise early closing of the bar peeved more than one punter’
irritate, annoy, anger, vex, bother, provoke, displease, upset, exasperate, agitate, gall, irk, get someone's back up, put someone's back up, disgruntle, put out, pique, rankle with, nettle, bait, goad, needle, get on someone's nerves, ruffle, ruffle someone's feathers, make someone's hackles rise, raise someone's hackles
drive to distraction
British rub up the wrong way
aggravate, miff, rile, get under someone's skin, get in someone's hair, get up someone's nose, hack off, get someone's goat, get, get to, bug
British nark, get on someone's wick, give someone the hump, wind up, get across
North American tick off, rankle, ride, gravel
vulgar slang piss off
rare exacerbate, hump, rasp
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