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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.
See also: burr, saddle

have a burr under (one's) saddle

To experience intense and persistent annoyance or irritation. Everybody who lives on this side of town has a burr under their saddle, thanks to the traffic delays from construction of the new inter-city tramline. After experiencing so much turbulence on her flight, Liz really had a burr under her saddle when she arrived in town.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

a burr under (or in) your saddle

a persistent source of irritation. North American informal
See also: burr, saddle
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
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