get up one's nose
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British pronunciation/ɡɛt ˌʌp wˈɒnz nˈəʊz/
American pronunciation/ɡɛt ˌʌp wˈʌnz nˈoʊz/
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to annoy someone so much that they run out of patience

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to [get] up {one's} [nose] definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "get up one's nose" and when to use it?

The idiom "get up one's nose" originated in British English and is believed to have emerged in the mid-20th century. The expression draws upon the metaphorical idea of something or someone irritating or annoying to the point of invading one's nasal passage, causing discomfort or frustration. The phrase can be used in various contexts and occasions, such as when dealing with persistent criticism, nagging, repetitive behavior, or intrusive actions that consistently irritate or frustrate someone. It can also be used to describe situations where someone feels provoked, bothered, or annoyed by another person's presence, opinions, or mannerisms.

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