rub someone up the wrong way
rub someone up the wrong wayBRITISH, INFORMAL or
rub someone the wrong wayAMERICAN, 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.