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rattle someone's cage (or chain)

Definition of rattle someone's cage or chain in English:

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.
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