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That sets my teeth on edge!
Fingernails on a blackboard. (Remember them?) Biting down on aluminum foil. What sets your teeth on edge?
And why do these things bother our teeth, anyway? Well, the foil I get. But the blackboard? It should bother our ears, not our teeth!
Nonetheless, everyone agrees that it’s the teeth. And in French, you are literally saying That bothers my teeth. Alternatively, you could translate That gets my teeth all riled up, or That annoys my teeth. Did you know you had such opinionated teeth?
Happily, in French your teeth are not lying down on the job, or standing at the brink, or whatever teeth do when they are on edge. They are agacées, that’s all.
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