irish


Also found in: Dictionary/thesaurus, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

get someone's dander up

 and get someone's back up; get someone's hackles up; get someone's Irish up; put someone's back up
Fig. to make someone get angry. (Fixed order.) Now, don't get your dander up. Calm down. I insulted him and really got his hackles up. Bob had his Irish up all day yesterday. I don't know what was wrong. Now, now, don't get your back up. I didn't mean any harm.
See also: get, up

luck of the Irish

luck associated with the Irish people. (Also said as a catch phrase for any kind of luck.) Bill: How did you manage to do it, Jeff. Jeff: It's the luck of the Irish, I guess.
See also: luck
References in classic literature ?
--Why, the very mug of you, my lad, sticks out Irish all over it.
These old Irish manuscripts are perhaps none of them older than the eleventh century, but the stories are far, far older.
Of course the Irish regiments in India are half mutinous as they stand.