Gets my goat: Meaning, synonyms & origin + 9 example sentences

What does “Gets my goat” mean?

“Gets my goat” means to make fun of, to bother, to hurt and to make angry someone. The idiom has the connotative meaning of mocking, exasperating, and to make someone feel very ashamed. In other words, this phrase means to bully, to crack jokes and to disrespect someone. The idiom stresses on the way we lack respect for someone or something.

9 examples of how to use “gets my goat” in a sentence

  • She is an experienced teacher but she is very intolerant, we can easily get her goat.
  • I love to respect others including my friends, parents and teachers. When someone disrespects me, I can easily get them goat.
  • Instead of her harsh behavior, I never got her goat. I know how to deal with such people when it comes to self respect.
  • I don’t like debating on such topics and topics related to gender equality often gets my goat!
  • She usually gets my goat when she asks me to accompany her for the shopping.
  • You can make fun of other guys, you can tease them but if you try even hundred times; you can’t get my goat.
  • My friend always gets got of others with his obnoxious nature.
  • Don’t get goat of others, you are not any philosopher.
  • I don’t want to get your goat, however I am sorry for my last performance which annoyed you very much.

The origin of “Gets my goat”

The idiom “gets my goat” has its origin connected with US and the phrase exactly was found for the first time in a story related to burst water pipe which was noticed in a US daily paper in May 1909. The phrase in the story was present in the form: “Wouldn’t that get your goat? We’d been exchanging similar water throughout the night from the tub to the bowl and back once more.”

After the passage of time, this phrase was getting its popularity across US. In 1924, the idiom “gets my goat” was noticed in a story “White Monkey” written by an English writer, John Galsworthy. In his story the phrase was written in a form: “That had got the chairman’s goat! – Got his goat? What expressions they utilized these days!”

The following year, it was also noticed in ‘The Times’ in which a remembrance was written about Friedrich Baedeker. The phrase is present in the form: “Wa-al Sadie, these durned three star things get my goat’!”  Generally the reused narrative that attempts to clarify the roots of this phrase is that goats were used to keep horses silent and still. To put it another way, some interpreters interpret that the idiom “get someone’s goat” has its links with horse racing. The horse is a temperamental creature, Coaches kept a goat as a stable companion for the horse to keep it calm and comfortable so that it could do better in the race. The presence of a goat in the stable gave the horse a sense of security and relaxation, and since the goat was a constant friend, the horse became attached to it. The rivals accustomed to pay stable workers to steal the goat the night before the final race. The horse became agitated in the absence of the companion goat, and as a result, it performs poorly in the race competition and lost the game.

Synonyms for “Gets my goat”

Anger, upset, angry, annoy, disturb, mock, fun, bully, bother, hurt, mock, exasperate.

Idioms related to “Gets my goat”

  • To pull someone’s leg
  • Up in arms
  • Bear with a sore head
  • Get off my back
  • In a black mood
  • Blow a fuse
  • Blow your top
  • Be cheesed off
  • For crying out loud
  • Drive someone up the wall