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have a burr under one's saddle

Rur. to be irritated by something. Joe has a burr under his saddle because Jane's going out with Bill tonight. Mary must have a burr under her saddle. She's been snapping at me all day.
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a burr under (or in) your saddle

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