rub (someone) the wrong way

Definition of rub (someone) the wrong way

US, informal

  1. :  to cause (someone) to be angry or annoyed :  to irritate She meant to be helpful but her suggestion really rubbed me the wrong way.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to move along the surface of a body with pressure :  grate

    :  to fret or chafe with or as if with friction

    :  to cause discontent, irritation, or anger

  1. :  an unevenness of surface (as of the ground in lawn bowling)

    :  obstruction, difficulty

    :  something grating to the feelings (such as a gibe or harsh criticism)

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody

wrongplay
  1. :  an injurious, unfair, or unjust act :  action or conduct inflicting harm without due provocation or just cause

    :  a violation or invasion of the legal rights of another

    :  tort

  1. :  not according to the moral standard :  sinful, immoral

    :  not right or proper according to a code, standard, or convention :  improper

    :  not according to truth or facts :  incorrect

  1. :  without accuracy :  incorrectly

    :  without regard for what is proper or just

    :  in a wrong direction

  1. :  to do wrong to :  injure, harm

    :  to treat disrespectfully or dishonorably :  violate

    :  defraud

  1. :  a thoroughfare for travel or transportation from place to place

    :  an opening for passage

    :  the course traveled from one place to another :  route

  1. :  of, connected with, or constituting an intermediate point on a route

  1. :  by a long distance :  to a considerable degree or extent :  far

    :  by far :  much

    :  very


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