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J O H N A L L A N

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Santa Ana, California, US

Looking for a strong term to replace 'F*** With', but suitable for business. Thought about provoke, but that doesn't seem strong enough. My mind's slow today.

Apr 01 13 09:44 am Link

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37photog

Posts: 692

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

"Mess with"??

I once worked with a guy who casually said "My beef with that is...".  He pulled it off well, it worked & no one cringed or chuckled.

Apr 01 13 10:22 am Link

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-JAY-

Posts: 6695

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Antagonize.

Apr 01 13 10:27 am Link

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Christopher Hartman

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Buena Park, California, US

John Allan wrote:
Looking for a strong term to replace 'F*** With', but suitable for business. Thought about provoke, but that doesn't seem strong enough. My mind's slow today.

Screw?

Apr 01 13 10:28 am Link

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R A V E N D R I V E

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New York, New York, US

"Fuck with" works for getting a point across in all the businesses I'm involved with

haha, be amazed how far just a little belligerence can get you

Apr 01 13 10:29 am Link

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Tiffiney C

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Los Angeles, California, US

-JAY- wrote:
Antagonize.

+1

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Apr 01 13 10:33 am Link

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Will Snizek Photography

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Beckley, West Virginia, US

I'd go with "mess with" but some people need to hear the F word to have a moment of clarity.  I had a problem with the bank this morning and they didn't seem to be interested in fixing the problem until I dropped a few curse words.  They were then interested.

Apr 01 13 10:39 am Link

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Orca Bay Images

Posts: 32233

Woodinville, Washington, US

Will Snizek wrote:
I'd go with "mess with" but some people need to hear the F word to have a moment of clarity.  I had a problem with the bank this morning and they didn't seem to be interested in fixing the problem until I dropped a few curse words.  They were then interested.

And often, that's their opportunity to hang up on you or ask you to leave.

It pays to keep a civil tongue in business conversations.


+1 on "mess with" or "antagonize"

Apr 01 13 01:09 pm Link

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J O H N A L L A N

Posts: 10322

Santa Ana, California, US

So far, I like antagonize best I think. Mess with is a little a little broad, weak and open to interpretation.

I was hoping for something a bit stronger than antagonize which is a bit still on the level of my original thought 'provoke'.

Something that implies causing mental duress for pleasure or illicit gain.

Apr 01 13 09:42 pm Link

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-The Dave-

Posts: 8626

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Frak!...  Frak With...  Frak You...

Apr 01 13 10:11 pm Link