set one's nerves on edge

set one's nerves on edge
• to set one's teeth on edge
• to set one's nerves on edge
to make one disgusted; to make one feel annoyed or irritated by a remark, a sound or an action

The outdated temporary gentleman phrase set my teeth on edge. (J. Braine)

... but Muriel chattered all the time ... with an exaggeration of her best social manner which set my teeth on edge. (A. Cronin)

The laugh, the first they have heard from him, sets Trench's teeth on edge. (B. Shaw)

He had the plethoric self-satisfaction of the very fat. It was an outrage. It set Neilson's nerves on edge. (W. S. Maugham)

That remark set my teeth on edge. (Gr. Greene)


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