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grate on someone

to annoy someone; to rub someone the wrong way. Your negative attitude really grates on me. Everything you say grates on me.
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grate on someone('s nerves)

Fig. to annoy someone; to bother someone. My obnoxious brother is grating on my nerves. Your whining really grates on me.
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grate on something

to rub, scrape, or abrade something. The tree branch is grating on the side of the house. The bottom of the door is grating on the threshold. Please fix it. gratify someone's desires Euph. to have sex with someone. The prostitute promised to gratify her customer's desires. That night, he gratified her desires.
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get on your nerves

to annoy someone a lot Sometimes watching TV really gets on my nerves because of all the commercials.
See also: get, nerve, on

get/grate on somebody's nerves

to annoy someone, especially by doing something again and again If we spend too much time together, we end up getting on each other's nerves. The telephone hadn't stopped ringing all morning and it was starting to grate on my nerves.
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grate on

1. To scrape against something and roughen or remove pieces of a surface: The fender was grating on the tire of the car.
2. To irritate someone or something as if by scraping or grating: These loud noises are starting to grate on me.
See also: grate, on

get on (someone's) nerves

To irritate or exasperate.
See also: get, nerve, on
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The quick-change multiple grate system is designed to make it easy to customize grate configurations to produce a wide variety of finished materials.
Additionally, the metal panel wall gets beat up fast, as do the rotor and the grates at the bottom of the shredding chamber.
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Once you know how, it's easy to use but only grates finely.
Peering through the grates of the storm drains is a bit like opening the grisaille doors of an altarpiece, the architectural monuments above theatrically giving way to an inviting paradise, a brilliantly lit subterranean tide pool, complete with sandy bottom, sparkling clear, lightly churning water (about a foot deep throughout), and all the rocks, mussels, seaweed, and such one would expect to find there, each item painstakingly fabricated Vija Celmins-style.
And if a grate wound causes a tree to fall and injure a pedestrian or damage a car, a trial lawyer could be expected to go after the grate's owner.
After a five-minute break, she looked at circles with a mix of black and white vertical grates and black and white horizontal grates.
In addition to these is the Magnetic Grate in Housing (GH) which consists of a double bank of Magnetic Grates fitted in a heavy duty.
They are stealing roadside grate covers - leaving holes which could lead to accidents.
The ValueMag[TM] product line now includes magnetic cartridges, plate magnets, grate magnets, liquid line traps, two-drawer grate-in-housing magnets and sight glass magnets.
FEARS an iron grate weighing up to three tonnes could fall off a building sparked an emergency operation today.
Use a vegetable peeler to strip off a couple pieces of orange zest, then grate remaining zest.
Doppstadt says its nitrogen accumulator mechanism allows its machines to react to increased pressures by opening the comb or grate to permit unprocessable materials to harmlessly pass through.