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rub someone the wrong way

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rub someone the wrong way

verb phrase

To be distasteful or obnoxious to someone's sensibilities; regularly displease: I don't quite know why, but that woman rubs me the wrong way

[1883+; rub the hair the wrong way is found by 1868]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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