English base grind someone's gears

Dictionary entry: grind someone's gears


grind (someone's) gears

To greatly or specifically irritate or annoy someone.

It really grinds my gears when cyclists go zipping through red lights!
John's not a bad guy, but he has a habit of grinding people's gears with his political rants.

See also: gear
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  • DrD

    Senior Member
    Dictionary Editor
    England English

    Thank you for this suggestion. I have added 'grind sb's gears' as a compound. It will be included in future translation projects and, once translated into the various languages, will appear the next time the dictionaries are updated.