informal Anger or irritate someone: put the pressure on him—rattle his cage
More example sentences
- I should like to ask Tom Lubbock: who rattled your cage?
- As The Jackhammer rattled my cage with uppercuts and hooks to the temple, I defended myself, but only made a nominal effort to punch back.
- It appears to have rattled my cage significantly.
informal aggravate, rile, needle, get someone's back up, make someone's hackles rise, rub up the wrong way, ruffle someone's feathers, get up someone's nose, get in someone's hair, get someone's dander up, get under someone's skin
British informal nark, get on someone's wick