to rub the wrong way

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - rub the wrong way

"to rub the wrong way"

to annoy or irritate someone


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - rub the wrong way

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Why are you so annoyed with the new intern?

Colleague 2:  There is just something about him that rubs me the wrong way.

Colleague 1:  Can you be more specific?

Colleague 2:  Maybe it is the way he sucks up to the boss or his eternally positive attitude. I find him irritating.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - rub the wrong way

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  That Joan sure is a nice person.

Friend 2:  Yes she is but do not rub her the wrong way.

Friend 1:  How so?

Friend 2:  She will not hesitate to chastise you if you do something to annoy her.

Friend 1:  Thanks for the warning.

to rub the wrong way - Usage:


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to rub the wrong way - Gerund Form:

Rubbing your coworkers the wrong way will cause trouble over time.

to rub the wrong way - Examples:

1)  ... first to answer a group email or volunteer on a project, it can eventually rub people the wrong way. It's even worse when the workaholic whines about ...

2)  ... will likely have support. He's popular, he doesn't rub people the wrong way like ...

3)  But even he understands that his ostentatious displays may rub people the wrong way.

4)  I usually rub people the wrong way, especially when I'm in a position of authority, ...

5)  ... say stupid things... maybe if he piped down a bit, he wouldn't rub people the wrong way!

6)  The notion of fitting someone else's idea of who I should be really rubs me the wrong way.

7)  The thing that rubs me the wrong way is that they disqualified this company with no explanation. 

8)  For some reason, that expression just rubs me the wrong way. Am I being too sensitive?

9)  Jokes are part of our daily lives but there are some gags that may rub you the wrong way.

10)  Someone's actions may rub you the wrong way so you talk about them to others. That's gossip ...

11)  ... but finds herself not being promoted because she rubs people the wrong way.

12)  I don't want to be that guy that's either arrogant or rubs people the wrong way. I like to be interactive, engage with fans and ...

13)  He's been described by some opposing players as distant, with a personality that rubs people the wrong way, ...

14)  By no means am I calling her ugly or unattractive, but her persona just rubs people the wrong way and she comes across as a bit trashy.

15)  His tone rubbed her the wrong way, and then his observations grew more inappropriate.

16)  She said her mother was too superstitious and it rubbed her the wrong way.

17)  ... but his slow pace of rising through the ranks rubbed many the wrong way and opened questions about his overall ability and confidence ...

18)  But those who rub her the wrong way, live to rue the day.

19)  ... but scratch out your eyes if you rub her the wrong way.

20)  ... marketers have never had more of an opportunity to rub consumers the wrong way and be publicly skewered.