grind (someone's) gears

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grind (someone's) gears

To greatly or specifically irritate or annoy someone. It really grinds my gears when cyclists go zipping through red lights! John's not a bad guy, but he has a habit of grinding people's gears with his political rants.
See also: gear, grind
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They helped build shocks and grind gears. They tore down the past weekend's race cars and tuned the motors on the engine dyno.
Stranded across this floe of ice like eskimos or polar bears, six or seven cars grind gears and growl but will not go.