rub the wrong way

rub the wrong way
also, rub up the wrong way

Meaning | Synonyms

  • to tick someone off
  • to be rude to someone and cause a tiff or a fight
  • to be impolite or irritate someone
  • to cause a diversion
  • get on nerves

Example Sentences

  1. The guy has rubbed me in such a wrong way that I do not even want to look at him ever again.
  2. I don’t think rubbing the director of the company in a wrong way was a good move for your career.
  3. I would always rub the teacher in the wrong way and end up in trouble.
  4. My sister has rubbed the police officer in the wrong way and now I have to go help her out.
  5. You should not rub me the wrong way if you really want this promotion.
  6. He is such a nice guy he would not rub anyone the wrong way.
  7. You have rubbed me the wrong way so often that I dislike even seeing your face now.
  8. Many times President Trump had rubbed people up the wrong way by his speech all around the world.


The phrase is American in origin. The British version is “rub someone up”. The phrase originated from cats, who like to be petted from the head to tail and get annoyed with someone doing it in the wrong direction. The cat reference originated in 1819 in “Aunt Mary’s Tales”. There is another reference to about a plant in “A General System of Nature” published in 1806.

R 1 Thought

1 Thought

The girl wasn’t intentional rub the wrong way of his prof, totally she want to say sorry even its too late to tell of his prof. Actually the girl is not ready to make an report in actual of his class. But the she have a reason cause she is not feeling well, because of her pet (dog) was bite her in feet. She hopes soon that they’ll meet his prof again in the next sem, because she want say something importantly. Thank you prof🤗😗

- Neah March 20, 2019

Add your thoughts

Idiom of the Day

put your foot in it

Meaning: say something (by mistake) that upsets, humiliates, or embarrasses someone

Example: Carla put her foot right in it when she congratulated her neighbour on being pregnant. It turns out she's not expecting but had just put on weight. Read on


Like Facebook Page

Latest Thoughts

Keep in Touch

Copyrights © 2021 - The Idioms - All Rights Reserved.
Copy Link