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a real burr under my saddle? #1 (permalink) Thu Feb 10, 2011 16:23 pm   a real burr under my saddle?
 

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ESL/EFL Test #312 "English Slang Idioms (33)", question 1

The cable company has been a real ......... under my saddle. I've called them three times this month and I am sick of it.

(a) buckle
(b) burr
(c) blanket
(d) boot

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #312 "English Slang Idioms (33)", answer 1

The cable company has been a real burr under my saddle. I've called them three times this month and I am sick of it.

Correct answer: (b) burr
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a real burr under my saddle? #2 (permalink) Thu Feb 10, 2011 19:30 pm   a real burr under my saddle?
 

A burr is a sticky seed pod, which if it got under a horse's saddle would be very irritating and cause him to buck. The expression "burr under his saddle" means something that irritates someone enough that they will respond.

A similar expression is 'a thorn in my side'.
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