Today's Callan

Get on one’s nerves

make one feel angry and nervous.

The noise those children make gets on my nerves.

annoy, irritate(irritate one’s nerve), bother、provoke

The noise those children make gets on my nerves.

There’s an insect buzzing around in my bedroom tonight, and it’s really getting on my nerves.

My younger sister gets on my nerves. I find her so annoying!

That loud music really gets on my nerves.

There were times when I got on her nerves and she got on mine.

I must say, his slow work always gets on my nerves.

Conversation 1
a: How is your new roommate?
b: He keeps getting on my nerves.
a: Why? What is he doing?

Conversation 2
a: Oh no, there’s that guy again.
b: Who is he?
a: We met at a bar and he has been calling me ever since, I told him I wasn’t interested, but he’s really starting to get on my nerves.
b: Let’s hide in here until he goes past, I don’t think he has seen you.

Conversation 3
a: How is your new share house?
b: Oh, I’m not sure how long I’m going to stay there.
a: Really? Why?
b: Some of the boys always listen to music late at night and it really gets on my nerves when I’m trying to go sleep.
(callan book stage 7, 628p)

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