North American informal A persistent source of irritation: he had been a burr under the saddle of the government in his time
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- Frankly I think the Empress was just being cranky but it irritated me all the same and the incident was still a burr under my saddle today.
- I am moved to write you about a book review in your last issue and a closely related subject that has long been a burr under my saddle.
- ‘He has a burr under his saddle,’ I said and the boy turned around, startled.