give (someone) fits

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give (someone) fits

To cause someone to become upset, angry, or extremely annoyed. It gives me fits when I see cyclists weaving in and out of traffic like that!
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Investigating and prosecuting public corruption cases, which often involve intricate and well-disguised white-collar crime schemes, can give fits to federal and local investigators.
Smith's pattern of departing from conservative orthodoxy - even if it's something the senator has done only on three out of every 20 votes - can give fits to his allies on the right.
Arizona State's high-flying offense was sure to give fits to the Trojans' young defense.
Conversely, basic 1911A1 Government Model pistols come with very short, steel triggers which give fits to men with large hands and long fingers.
Although the size-based connectivity indices give fits insignificantly different from S, their exact meaning is unclear.
To evaluate this product I selected two optical systems likely to give fits to anyone with glasses.
Long may they continue to give fits to corporate America.
The Padres continue to give fits to the Dodgers, who fell to 1-6 at Qualcomm Stadium this season.
And, the way he's primed, Point Given figures to give fits to any horse that shows up to face him May 5.