a burr in/under the saddle

Definition of a burr in/under the saddle

US, informal

  1. :  someone or something that is a constant cause of trouble or annoyance He was a burr in the saddle of the competition. She's been a burr under their saddle for many years.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  a rough or prickly envelope of a fruit

    :  a plant that bears burs

    :  something that sticks or clings

  1. :  to speak with a burr

    :  to make a whirring sound

    :  to pronounce with a burr

  1. :  in or into a position below or beneath something

    :  below or short of some quantity, level, or limit

    :  in or into a condition of subjection, subordination, or unconsciousness

  1. :  below or beneath so as to be overhung, surmounted, covered, protected, or concealed by

    :  subject to the authority, control, guidance, or instruction of

    :  receiving or undergoing the action or effect of

  1. :  lower in rank or authority :  subordinate

  1. :  a girthed usually padded and leather-covered seat for the rider of an animal (such as a horse)

    :  a part of a driving harness comparable to a saddle that is used to keep the breeching in place

    :  a seat to be straddled by the rider of a vehicle (such as a bicycle)

  1. :  to put a saddle on

    :  to place under a burden or encumbrance

    :  to place (an onerous responsibility) on a person or group

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