"That really gets my goat!" What does it mean?

Where did this phrase come from?

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  • Jeff S
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago
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    To "get one's goat" means to greatly annoy someone. It dates to circa 1900. According to H. L. Mencken, this phrase is from American horse racing. Trainers would put a goat in a racehorse's stall to calm it; if the goat was removed, the horse would likely become agitated. However, there is no firm evidence for this origin.[1]

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I have no idea!

    but...... when my husband and i got married last year, a friend of my mum's was invited to the wedding and she wanted to get us a present, being a friend of my mothers she didn't actually know us too well, but did know from my mum that i am into animal rights and caring for people etc, so she bought us a goat!

    A goat with a differences though, it is a Oxfam goat, a family in a 3rd world country actually gets the goat, to help them with milk, etc

    so i dont really know who got our goat.....but i do know it is in Somalia somewhere!

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  • 1 decade ago

    That really makes me mad,pisses me off.

    Stuff like that you know

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  • 10-T3
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago


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