“Rub [a person] the wrong way”
Have you ever heard someone complain — “John really rubs me the wrong way!” The person doesn’t mean that John gives a massage incorrectly. This idiom means to annoy the person.
But what does it have to do with rubbing? The historical origins of the idiom lie in the Colonial era in America where the wooden floors were cleaned by being rubbed along the grain of the wood. If someone rubbed the wood “the wrong way”, that is, across the grain, that would produce marks on the wood. That’s where this idiom comes from.
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