set teeth on edge

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set someone's teeth on edge

1. Fig. [for a scraping sound] to irritate someone's nerves. That noise sets my teeth on edge! Tom's teeth were set on edge by the incessant screaming of the children.
2. Fig. [for a person or an idea] to upset someone very much. Her overbearing manner usually sets my teeth on edge. The very thought of doing that set her teeth on edge.
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set your teeth on edge

to annoy you or make you feel nervous or uncomfortable Jason used his knife to scratch our initials into the wall, which was nice to do but made a noise that set my teeth on edge.
Related vocabulary: on edge
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