a burr under (one's) saddle

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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.
See also: burr, saddle

a burr under (or in) your saddle

a persistent source of irritation. North American informal
See also: burr, saddle