get on someone's nerves

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get on someone's nerves (third-person singular simple present gets on someone's nerves, present participle getting on someone's nerves, simple past got on someone's nerves, past participle (UK) got on someone's nerves or (US) gotten on someone's nerves)

  1. (idiomatic) To annoy or irritate; to bother.
    There’s an insect buzzing around in my bedroom tonight, and it’s really getting on my nerves.
    • 1922, James Joyce, chapter 13, in Ulysses:
      Gerty wished to goodness they would take their squalling baby home out of that and not get on her nerves...


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