get under someone's skin

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of get under someone's skin

informal
1 : to irritate or upset someone
  • His constant boasting was beginning to get under my skin.
2 : to affect someone positively even though he or she does not want or expect to be affected that way : grow to like something
  • I used to hate the city, but after a while it kind of got under my skin.
  • The actress accepted the role because the character really got under her skin.

Word by Word Definitions

get play
  1. : to gain possession of

  2. : to receive as a return : earn

  3. : to obtain by concession or entreaty

  1. : something begotten:

  2. : offspring

  3. : the entire progeny of a male animal

  1. : a document of release from obligation in Jewish law

  2. : a religious divorce by Jewish law

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

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

  3. : 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

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

  3. : receiving or undergoing the action or effect of

  1. : lying or placed below, beneath, or on the ventral side

  2. : facing or protruding downward

  3. : lower in rank or authority : subordinate

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

skin play
  1. : the integument of an animal (such as a fur-bearing mammal or a bird) separated from the body usually with its hair or feathers

  2. : a usually unmounted specimen of a vertebrate (as in a museum)

  3. : the hide or pelt of a game or domestic animal

  1. : to strip, scrape, or rub off an outer covering (such as the skin or rind) of

  2. : to strip or peel off

  3. : to cut, chip, or damage the surface of

  1. : devoted to showing nudes


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