get under someone's skin


: to irritate or upset someone
His constant boasting was beginning to get under my skin.
: 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.

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“Get under someone's skin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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