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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Stranded across this floe of ice like eskimos or polar bears, six or seven cars grind gears and growl but will not go.
We're putting this year's event into overdrive by hauling out Linda Fusco & Michelle Agnewand The Truck Stop Girlz to grind gears and rev it up with our world-famous Girl Bar Go-Go's