Rub the Wrong Way

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Irritating someone or annoying an individual; handling someone in an insensitive manner


  • This phrase is used to express someone who’s involved in the act of annoying or irritating another individual. The origination of this particular phrase can be associated with preparing wood and cleaning it. Going against the grain and rubbing it in the appropriate direction could make it a bit rough.
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Nathan wasn’t aware of the fact that his words could’ve rubbed the wrong way to Julia.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

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rub the wrong wayTo annoy someone without intending to.
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