set (one's) teeth on edge

set (one's) teeth on edge

1. To greatly irritate or annoy one, especially to the point of affecting one's nerves. Nothing sets my teeth on edge like seeing these cyclists run every red light in town! I don't know what it is about Terry, but there's something about his demeanor that just sets my teeth on edge.
2. To cause one to be upset, nervous, or uncomfortable. Please don't tell me about your surgery, it sets my teeth on edge hearing about medical procedures.
See also: edge, on, set, teeth

set someone's teeth on edge

 
1. Fig. [for a scraping sound] to irritate someone's nerves. That noise sets my teeth on edge! Tom's teeth were set on edge by the incessant screaming of the children.
2. Fig. [for a person or an idea] to upset someone very much. Her overbearing manner usually sets my teeth on edge. The very thought of doing that set her teeth on edge.
See also: edge, on, set, teeth

set your teeth on edge

If something sets your teeth on edge, you find it extremely annoying or unpleasant. His casual arrogance never failed to set my teeth on edge. He stood and took down the painting. Something about it had lately been setting his teeth on edge.
See also: edge, on, set, teeth
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