give (someone) fits

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give (someone) fits

To cause someone to become upset, angry, or extremely annoyed. It gives me fits when I see cyclists weaving in and out of traffic like that!
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Investigating and prosecuting public corruption cases, which often involve intricate and well-disguised white-collar crime schemes, can give fits to federal and local investigators.
Smith's pattern of departing from conservative orthodoxy - even if it's something the senator has done only on three out of every 20 votes - can give fits to his allies on the right.
Arizona State's high-flying offense was sure to give fits to the Trojans' young defense.
The Padres continue to give fits to the Dodgers, who fell to 1-6 at Qualcomm Stadium this season.
And, the way he's primed, Point Given figures to give fits to any horse that shows up to face him May 5.
3 points) are likely to give fits to Taylor and Farmer.