rub someone up the wrong way

rub someone up the wrong way

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rub someone the wrong way

AMERICAN, INFORMAL
If someone rubs you up the wrong way, they annoy you. She rubbed a lot of people up the wrong way while she was working here. That woman just rubs me the wrong way. Note: Cats do not like having their fur rubbed `the wrong way', that is in the opposite direction to the way it naturally grows.
See also: rub, up, way, wrong