(to) grind one’s gears meaning
(to) grind one’s gears is an American English idiom meaning that something or someone makes you angry or annoys you. This idiom was recently popularized by fictional character Peter Griffin, the main character of the American animated sitcom Family Guy.
What really grinds my gears
Here is a list of the everyday situations, setbacks, misfortunes and twists that really grind my gears, or annoy me to such an extreme that really salt my apples or make me blow a fuse, blow a gasket, blow my top… Well, you know what I mean.
I’m not a short fuse, I’m not specially quick to temper… but even though they may seem small details, trifles, or if you like, trivialities, they really manage to get on my nerves. Just imagine they all happen the same day… believe me, it could end up badly. Yeah, even a model citizen could end up losing their head and behaving like Michael Douglas in Falling Down.
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at these annoying and inconvenient daily setbacks:
List of things that grind my gears
When you are in bed, as snug as a bug in a rug, and suddenly remember that you left the washing machine on, so you need to get up and hang up clothes.
When the earphone cables get tangled and you need to spend your valuable time untangling the fu***ng mess.
When you step on a dog turd when heading to an important appointment or, even worse, a romantic date.
Spoilers… I just hate them! They should know that loose lips sink ships.
When you realize, after taking a shower, you didn’t take the towel (specially annoying in winter).
When you can’t escape from a smart-ass who happens to be a relative and you run out of painkillers.
When you placidly conclude your digestive process and find out there isn’t any toilet paper left.
When egg yolks pop out when frying. However hard you try to disguise your blunder, everybody will notice.
When your shoes and, even worse, your socks get wet on a cold and rainy winter day. It only adds insult to injury if you happen to be on your way to work and you are late. You know… It never rains but it pours.
When you forget to save the files you have been working so hard on.
What about you? What grinds your gears? Mosquitoes? Rude people? Reckless drivers? Cooking oil spilled out on the kitchen floor? Let us know.
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Synonyms of (to) grind one’s gears meaning
There are several synonyms of this expressions, such as (to) irritate, (to) annoy, (to) be like a bear with a sore head, (to) blow a fuse, (to) blow a gasket, (to) blow your top, (to be) be cheesed off, (to) drive someone up the wall, (to) fly off the handle, (to) get someone’s goat
(to) Grind one’s gears in other languages
(to) grind one’s gears in Catalan: Treure de polleguera (to) grind one’s gears in French: faire sortir quelqu’un de ses gonds (to) grind one’s gears in German: wahnsinnig machen (to) grind one’s gears in Spanish: sacar de quicio
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