This funny photo is rich in vocabulary!! I’ve given you the definitions, but as a good vocabulary exercise, look the words up in a dictionary to see how they are used.
|to make someone feel slightly angry or impatient|
|to annoy someone, especially for fun|
|to keep annoying someone, especially by asking them for something or asking them to do something|
|to behave in a violent or threatening way towards someone|
|to make someone feel nervous and upset|
|to try to make someone do something by asking them many times|
|to continue to argue with someone or ask them for things so that they become tired or annoyed|
|to keep annoying or upsetting someone, for example by criticizing them, attacking them, or treating them in a way that is offensive to them|
heckle (not hackle!)
|to interrupt a speaker at a public meeting by shouting remarks, insults etc at them|
|to frequently annoy or threaten someone|
|to annoy someone|
|to criticize someone in an angry way|
vex (old fashioned)
|to make someone annoyed, confused, or worried|
|to annoy someone by interrupting them when they are busy or want to be left alone|
|to annoy an animal in order to have fun|
|to annoy someone|
tantalise (British spelling), tantalize (American spelling)
|to make someone feel excited by showing or offering them something that they want, often with no intention of giving it to them|
|to make someone feel upset|
Here are some other interesting expressions that use the above vocabulary:
- don’t worry your head about something (American spoken expression) - used for telling someone not to worry about something in a way that suggests you think they are not capable of dealing with the problem
Don’t worry your head about a single detail of the party. I’ll take care of everything.
- someone can’t be bothered (British informal) - used for saying that someone will not do something because they feel lazy or because it is too much effort
I said I’d go out with them tonight, but I can’t be bothered.
Those horrible campers couldn’t even be bothered to pick up their rubbish.
- don’t bother (spoken expression) - used for telling someone that they do not need to do something for you. You can also say this in a way that shows you think someone has not been very helpful
‘I’ll get you a chair.’ ‘No, please don’t bother.’
- to ruffle someone’s feathers (informal) - to make someone feel worried or annoyed
I imagine that all the new changes in the marketing department this year are going to ruffle John’s feathers.