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Slang definitions & phrases for get someone's back up

get one's back up

verb phrase

To become angry or make someone angry, esp in a way to cause one to resist: When they said he was lying, that got his back up (1887+)

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Idioms and Phrases with get someone's back up

get someone's back up

get someone's dander up
put or set someone's back up
. Make angry, as in
Bill's arrogance really got my back up
, or
The foolish delays at the bank only put her back up
Get one's back up
get one's dander up
mean “become angry,” as in
Martha is quick to get her dander up
. The
in these phrases alludes to a cat arching its back when annoyed, and
were the earliest verbs used in this idiom, dating from the 1700s;
is more often heard today. The origin of
, used since the early 1800s, is disputed; a likely theory is that it comes from the Dutch
, for “thunder.” Also see
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