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a burr in (one's) saddle

A source or cause of intense and persistent annoyance or irritation. The traffic delays resulting from construction of the new inter-city tramline has been a burr in residents' saddles for months now. I'm not trying to be a burr in your saddle; I'm just ensuring we are following the letter of the law every step of the way.
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a burr under (one's) saddle

A source or cause of intense and persistent annoyance or irritation. The traffic delays resulting from construction of the new inter-city tramline has been a burr under residents' saddles for months now. I'm not trying to be a burr under your saddle; I'm just ensuring we are following the letter of the law every step of the way.
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Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller most importantly challenge the autonomy of the visual in art by privileging a new sensory channel to access the creative imagination.
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Sordid email messages between Melling and Bures about their victims were also read out in court.
The appeal was issued by Northumbria Police who want to question Bures in connection with alleged attacks in the North East.
However, other studies have found that publishing record is counted more heavily than teaching in faculty evaluations, no matter what the stated institution's mission (Lein & Metz, 1977; Tong & Bures, 1987; Bures & Tong, 1993; Ehie & Karathanos, 1994).
Bures did a fantastic job of bringing all these people together.
Accommodations Twelve spacious yet intimate beachfront bures (Fijian bungalows) offer high woven-bamboo ceilings, polished mahogany hardwood floors, indoor and outdoor showers, and locally made furniture and art.
"Once the consolidation does go through and you end up with more or less three big integrated steel producers, they will be able to have much better pricing control," says HSBC analyst Peter Bures in an article by Reuters.
To begin with, I should like to express my gratitude to Professor Bures for his thoughtful reading of my book and for the cooperative and scientific spirit of his critique.
BURES has a sound chance in the Tote Jackpot Handicap Hurdle (3.50) at Fakenham this afternoon, writes Colin Russell.
In line with that decision, the Johnsons built three luxurious guest houses in the style of Fijian bures: individual cone-shaped cottages of indigenous hardwoods and bamboo.
Sound Of Thieves are an experimental electro-funk band, consisting of Phoebe Pope on vocals and Jan Bures on electric bass.
Until Jan 12 Lost in the Memory Palace: Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller
Rezuke of Sterling; three step-children, Arielle Nielsen of Pensacola, Florida, Daniel Pelissier of Sarasota, Florida, and Zachery Pelissier of Worcester; two step-grandchildren, Seraphina Pelissier and Gideon Bures; and many cousins.