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  • v  irritate or vex

  • Nothing used to irk a Chinese yuppie more than hinting that his clothes looked like they were made in China.
  • But it's clear Obama chose a candidate that will arouse conservatives in opposition rather than one who will simply irk them, and this White House knew it.
  • Tough-talking Bishop Joseph Zen, whose I-answer-to-a-higher-power attitude never fails to irk Beijing, met with the Liaison Office, the central government's main representative in .
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  • Edward Snowden, NSA Whistle-Blower, Wins Unusual Sympathizers in Latin America
    Ecuador is no human-rights darling. Left-wing President Rafael Correa has built a decidedly authoritarian reputation that includes a yen for prosecuting journalists who irk him. This week he won passage of a media bill that slashes the number of private outlets, greatly increases state-controlled broadcasting and makes Correa the nation’s de facto media censor.
    June 16, 2013 - via Yahoo! News

  • John Howard in Sydney Morning Herald
    Banks do have social obligations (but) I'm not sure we have enough evidence to warrant an inquiry. We've had various inquiries into the financial system,Mr Howard said. "I know from time to time banks irk people, like all big financial...
  • Tom Izzo in
    The practice time will be good, but not getting to play again will probably irk me for five or six days,Izzo said.
  • Geno Auriemma in Connecticut Post
    It doesn't irk me,Auriemma said. "With some people that's just their style. They're passive-aggressive. They always want to have somebody to blame for what's going on. There's a lot of things I know about a lot of people. That doesn't mean...

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