rub (one) up the wrong way

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rub (one) up the wrong way

To irritate one due to someone or something's presence, nature, or habitual behavior (as opposed to directly intentionally). Primarily heard in UK, Australia. The way she smiles all the time really rubs me up the wrong way. It seems so fake. He's always talking about how those adverts rub him up the wrong way, but I think they're just a bit of fun.
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rub someone up the wrong way

BRITISH, INFORMAL or

rub someone the wrong way

AMERICAN, INFORMAL
If someone rubs you up the wrong way, they annoy you. She rubbed a lot of people up the wrong way while she was working here. That woman just rubs me the wrong way. Note: Cats do not like having their fur rubbed `the wrong way', that is in the opposite direction to the way it naturally grows.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

rub somebody up the wrong ˈway

(British English) (American English rub somebody the wrong ˈway) (informal) make somebody annoyed or angry, often without intending to, by doing or saying something that offends them: She’s a very good lawyer but she does sometimes rub clients up the wrong way.
See also: rub, somebody, up, way, wrong
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