set someone's teeth on edge

set someone's teeth on edge

cause someone to feel intense discomfort or irritation.
This is an expression used in the Bible to describe the unpleasant sensation caused by eating something bitter or sour: ‘every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge’ (Jeremiah 31:30).
1997 Kate O'Riordan The Boy in the Moon Julia's voice sustained a quavery note that set Brian's teeth on edge.
See also: edge, on, set, teeth
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