get under someone's skin

get under someone's skin

1. Irritate someone, as in She really knows how to get under my skin with her nagging. This expression no doubt alludes to burrowing or stinging insects that cause itching or similar skin irritations. [Late 1800s]
2. Obsess someone or affect someone's deep feelings, as in Jean's really gotten under his skin; he misses her terribly. Cole Porter used this sense in his love song, "I've Got You Under My Skin" (1936).
See also: get, skin

get under someone's skin

If you try to get under someone's skin, you try to find out how they feel and think, so that you are able to understand them better. Beattie's book is presented as `an attempt to get under the skin of the Protestant people of Ulster'.
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get under someone's skin

1 annoy or irritate someone intensely. 2 fill someone's mind in a compelling and continual way. 3 reach a deep understanding of someone. informal
3 1998 Times A student of the Method school, he has to get under the skin of the character he portrays.
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