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grate on (someone or something)

1. To scrape or scratch against something. When you move the table, please make sure that the legs don't grate on the floor.
2. To be irritating or annoying. Her snarky comments are really starting to grate on me.
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grate on (one's) nerves

To irritate or annoy someone. Her snarky comments are really starting to grate on my nerves.
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grate on someone

to annoy someone; to rub someone the wrong way. Your negative attitude really grates on me. Everything you say grates on me.
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grate on someone('s nerves)

Fig. to annoy someone; to bother someone. My obnoxious brother is grating on my nerves. Your whining really grates on me.
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grate on something

to rub, scrape, or abrade something. The tree branch is grating on the side of the house. The bottom of the door is grating on the threshold. Please fix it. gratify someone's desires Euph. to have sex with someone. The prostitute promised to gratify her customer's desires. That night, he gratified her desires.
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grate on

1. To scrape against something and roughen or remove pieces of a surface: The fender was grating on the tire of the car.
2. To irritate someone or something as if by scraping or grating: These loud noises are starting to grate on me.
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cities are losing their downtown street trees to a new enemy: metal grates.
Designed to protect the trunks of young trees, they can injure a tree when it moves in the wind or when the guard loosens from the grate and rubs the tree.
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