- To frustrate,
vex or annoy; to make angry.
- 1851 ''The picture represents a Cape-Horner in a great hurricane; the half-foundered ship weltering there with its three dismantled masts alone visible; and an exasperated whale, purposing to spring clean over the craft, is in the enormous act of impaling himself upon the three mast-heads. — Herman Melville, Moby Dick.''
TB, aggravate, agitate, annoy, arouse, badger, bait, be at, bedevil, beset, bother, bristle, brown off, bug, bullyrag, burn up, chafe, chivy, consumption, devil, discompose, distemper, disturb, dog, embitter, exercise, fash, fret, gall, get, gripe, harass, harry, heckle, hector, hound, huff, incense, inflame, irk, irritate, miff, molest, nag, needle, nettle, nudzh, peeve, persecute, pester, pick on, pique, plague, pluck the beard, pother, provoke, rankle, ride, rile, roil, ruffle, set up, stir the blood, stir up, tease, torment, trouble, try the patience, tweak the nose, vex, work up, worry