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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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The negative control group had uncontaminated burs (new/unused) while the positive control group consisted of used contaminated burs.
Group 4 consisted of contaminated burs which were subjected to manual scrubbing, ultrasonic cleaning for 10 minutes, and placement in enzymatic solution for 10 minutes.
After cleaning, all the dental burs of test groups were sterilised using steam autoclave (Melag, Vacuklave 23 B+, Berlin, Germany) for 3.5 minutes at 134AdegC.
Burs, caryopses and legume seeds were recovered from feces samples of known weights.
- Buffalograss burs and caryopses from each steer for each of the 24-h periods were placed in separate 100-ram petri dishes on top of two circles of germination blotter paper.
To provide a control treatment, three untreated replications of 100 burs and 100 caryopses from each of the same three seedlots fed were included in each experiment.
They further requested BURS to take tax education to schools to sensitise children at an early age.
Regarding long queues at the declaration counter, Mr Morris said BURS had embraced technology by developing services platforms that allowed taxpayers to apply for a tax clearance certificate and to submit tax returns on-line.
PAC chairperson, Mr Samson Guma cautioned the commissioner general to be wary, saying BURS could be aiding corruption and money laundering.
He said BURS officers needed to interrogate and appreciate all the documents including of import service when rendering service.
Today, BURS boasts modern day infrastructure such as Customs Inspection Scanners, state of the art ICT systems, the use of detector dogs among others, all of which contributed to improving operational efficiency of the organisation.
He said it was evidenced by the fact that BURS had consistently met the revenue targets that government had set for it annually.
He further highlighted that aside from the success in other tax administration reforms and appreciable revenue collection outcome, BURS was still faced with challenges to build internal capacity to tackle the ever changing tax administration landscape.