get/put somebody's back up(redirected from put somebody's back up)
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get (one's) back up
To become or cause to become angry, hostile, defensive, or irritable. John got his back up when his parents brought up the subject of college. Election season always gets my dad's back up.
put (one's) back up
To be or become angry, hostile, defensive, defiant, or irritable, or to instill such a feeling in someone else. John put his back up when his parents brought up the subject of college. Election season always puts my dad's back up.
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get/put somebody’s ˈback upmake somebody annoyed: His silly remarks always get her back up.
This idiom refers to the way cats arch their backs when they are angry.
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