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It's getting to me

Posted by R. Berg on June 03, 2007

In Reply to: It's getting to me posted by Thankful on June 03, 2007

: "It's getting to me" - I'd like to know what this phrase means. It seems to carry a negative connotation.

The phrase means "It's bothering me, it's annoying me." The "it" could be anything from neighbors' loud noise to the growth of a political movement the speaker deplores.

The metaphor is tactile. Imagine wearing an insulating suit like astronauts have. Nothing gets to you. A thrown pebble won't hurt. Now, however, imagine that the suit is punctured or it has thin places. A pebble can reach your skin. It got to you. ~rb