Get Your Back Up

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Has anything ever got your back up?

What this phrase means if you've not come across it, is basically something that annoys or irritates you.

Now when that happens does your back really go up? Take a look and find out.

If you decide no then you might wonder what the origin of this funny little old phrase is. And luckily for you here's the answer that you've been craving:

All the old English houses had cats, apparently, and as you will probably know a cat arches it's back up when it is ready to pounce or annoyed and riled.

This then got transferred to humans as some of us are like cats, apparently, and so we have our feline friends to thank for the phrase that is 'get your back up'.

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