The particular reform that irked Conkling was the then-novel proposal to eliminate patronage in federal civil service hiring.
But some are irked by the extensive political posturing around rape, notably survivors and rape-crisis-center workers.
Possibly Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed Rogozin to be irked.
In 2009 he published a book defaming Hitchens and Richard Dawkins because he was irked by their bellicose brand of atheism.
Apparently one of these kids had literally never bothered to show up for class and it irked my boss.
It was not so much lack of money, the need to earn, as the monotony of idleness that irked her.
He had been bested at his own game, duplicity, and that irked him.
irked by his failure to start a spirited debate, Ross picked up the paddle upon which Red had been working.
And the townsmen of Calatayúd, know well, it irked them sore.
I think she bucklered herself with the secret philosophy of her strong mind, and resolved to forget what it irked her to remember.
mid-15c., irken "be weary of, be disgusted with;" earlier intransitive, "to feel weary" (early 14c.). Of uncertain origin, perhaps related to Old Norse yrkja "work" (from PIE root *werg- "to work;" see urge (v.)), or Middle High German erken "to disgust." Modern sense of "annoy" is from late 15c. An adjective, irk "weary, tired" is attested from c.1300 in northern and midlands writing.