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get under someone's skin

Fig. to bother or irritate someone. John is so annoying. He really gets under my skin. I know he's bothersome, but don't let him get under your skin.
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get under someone's skin

1. Irritate someone, as in She really knows how to get under my skin with her nagging. This expression no doubt alludes to burrowing or stinging insects that cause itching or similar skin irritations. [Late 1800s]
2. Obsess someone or affect someone's deep feelings, as in Jean's really gotten under his skin; he misses her terribly. Cole Porter used this sense in his love song, "I've Got You Under My Skin" (1936).
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get under someone's skin

If you try to get under someone's skin, you try to find out how they feel and think, so that you are able to understand them better. Beattie's book is presented as `an attempt to get under the skin of the Protestant people of Ulster'.
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get under someone's skin

1 annoy or irritate someone intensely. 2 fill someone's mind in a compelling and continual way. 3 reach a deep understanding of someone. informal
3 1998 Times A student of the Method school, he has to get under the skin of the character he portrays.
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get under (someone's) skin

1. To irritate or stimulate; provoke.
2. To preoccupy someone; become an obsession.
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get under someone's skin, to

To annoy someone. This expression no doubt alludes to the irritation caused by burrowing insects, which can cause intense itching. Cole Porter, however, used the expression quite differently in his song, “I’ve Got You under My Skin” (from Born to Dance, 1936), which describes a romantic addiction to a person rather than an insect infestation or a persistent annoyance.
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