get (one's) dander up

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get (one's) dander up

To become annoyed or angry. Don't get your dander up with me—I'm just trying have a conversation here. I know I got my dander up a bit last night, so I understand why you're avoiding me.
See also: dander, get, up

get someone's dander up

 and get someone's back up; get someone's hackles up; get someone's Irish up; put someone's back up
Fig. to make someone get angry. (Fixed order.) Now, don't get your dander up. Calm down. I insulted him and really got his hackles up. Bob had his Irish up all day yesterday. I don't know what was wrong. Now, now, don't get your back up. I didn't mean any harm.
See also: dander, get, up

get someone's dander up

OLD-FASHIONED
If someone or something gets your dander up, they make you feel very angry. I read the article and have to admit, it really got my dander up. Note: The origin of the word `dander' is unknown.
See also: dander, get, up

get your dander up

lose your temper; become angry.
The sense of dander in this originally US expression is uncertain, as neither dandruff nor dunder (meaning ‘the ferment of molasses’) seems entirely plausible.
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