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pet peeve

A typically minor issue that causes one frequent and recurring annoyance. It's always been my pet peeve when cars turn without using their signals. It drives me crazy! A: "Ugh, I hate it when people talk during a movie." B: "Oh, I know, that's my pet peeve, too!"
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pet peeve

Fig. a frequent annoyance; one's "favorite" or most often encountered annoyance. My pet peeve is someone who always comes into the theater after the show has started. Drivers who don't signal are John's pet peeve.
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pet peeve

A particular or recurring source of irritation, as in My pet peeve is that neighbor's cat running through my herb garden. [Early 1900s]
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pet peeve

n. a major or principal annoyance or complaint. Dirty dishes in restaurants are my pet peeve.
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pet peeve, one's

One’s favorite gripe, a recurring source of annoyance. The noun peeve is what linguists call a back formation from the adjective peevish, but its ultimate derivation, as well as that of pet, is apparently unknown. The pairing of the two, an Americanism, dates from the early 1900s.
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"You should not be peeved with the government, you are a Union Minister," he told Badal.
"As you may imagine, Veronica and I are somewhat stunned by this news, but I have to say my overwhelming emotion is one of being very peeved.
The `horny' quote particularly peeved Tamantha Brannon of East Point, a suburb of Atlanta.
Not one of those is a mistake, according to language experts, but folks who wrongly think so are no less peeved for being wrong.
Randi may be understanding, but the FBI's Kelly is positively peeved at people's stupidity about the Tracker - especially in schools: "School districts using them to search lockers - that's just outrageous.
An Essex source reveals: "Lucy is peeved. She never wanted to go head-to-head with Sam, they're mates and generally support each other.
We've got to be more sensible when we're piling forward." Croft, who helped turn the game in Saints' favour after his second-half arrival, was peeved to see Brian Graham's goal chalked off at 1-1.
The insider asserted that some of the cast and crew is peeved that she's even on the show because they don't think a popular daytime show that's been on the air for 50 years needs to use a ridiculous ploy like Abraham's name to get viewers.
As I am one of the millions of people who applied for tickets but didn't get them, I'm seriously peeved about this.
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I mean, in his bad-bwoy, NWA hey-day the merest hint of Ice Cube looking a bit peeved would have been enough to put the fear of God into most people.
As the buzz goes, Emraan Hashmi is extremely peeved that he was not considered for the role, which he played in the original.
However, the council has every right to be peeved at its inability to find anyone to share the pounds 500,000 bill, especially when the cameras will help reduce damage to local property and insurance company payouts.
Allan David Nicol, 48, of Lime Grove, Yardley, told police that he was "peeved" by the way the industry was being railroaded.