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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+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with get someone's back up

get someone's back up

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