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Rub someone the wrong way and rub someone up the wrong way

  • Rub someone the wrong way and rub someone up the wrong way are variations of the same idiom. An idiom is a word, group of words or phrase that has a figurative meaning that is not easily deduced from its literal definition. Often using descriptive imagery or metaphors, common idioms are words and phrases used in the English language in order to convey a concise idea, and are often spoken or are considered informal or conversational. English idioms can illustrate emotion more quickly than a phrase that has a literal meaning, even when the etymology or origin of the idiomatic expression is lost. An idiom is a metaphorical figure of speech, and it is understood that it is not a use of literal language. Figures of speech have definitions and connotations that go beyond the literal meaning of the words. Mastery of the turn of phrase of an idiom, which may use slang words, or other parts of speech is essential for the English learner. Many English as a Second Language students do not understand idiomatic expressions such as in a blue moon, spill the beans, let the cat out of the bag, in the same boat, bite the bullet, barking up the wrong tree, kick the bucket, hit the nail on the head, face the music, under the weather, piece of cake, when pigs fly, and raining cats and dogs, as they attempt to translate them word for word, which yields only the literal meaning. English phrases that are idioms should not be taken literally. In addition to learning vocabulary and grammar, one must understand the phrasing of the figurative language of idiomatic phrases in order to know English like a native speaker. We will examine the meaning of the idiom rub someone the wrong way or rub someone up the wrong way, where it came from, and some examples of its use in sentences.


     

    To rub someone the wrong way or rub someone up the wrong way means to annoy someone or to irritate someone. In general, if someone rubs you the wrong way, you do not have strong feelings against that person, they are simply not your cup of tea. Rub someone the wrong way is the American version of the idiom, rub someone up the wrong way is the British version of the idiom. The expressions came into use in the mid-1800s, and is an allusion to the act of stroking a cat. If one strokes a cat with the fur, the cat is generally content. If one strokes a cat against the fur, one may end up with a scratch or two. Related phrases are rubs someone the wrong way, rubbed someone the wrong way, rubbing someone the wrong way, rubs someone up the wrong way, rubbed someone up the wrong way, rubbing someone up the wrong way.

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    Examples

    “I grew up in a village full of Nazis and their grandchildren,” Shapira said. “I’m used to speaking out when things rub me the wrong way — and to getting beat up over it.” (The Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

    I know it’s a small thing, but it’s really starting to rub me the wrong way. (The Mercury News)

    The Portugal superstar was taken off moments after putting the Italian giants 2-1 ahead against Spurs and it appears to rub him up the wrong way. (The Daily Nigeria Post)

    Neil also said that while Harry will be the ‘father figure’ in the group, he could also ‘snap’ if people rub him up the wrong way. (The Daily Mail)


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