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J O H N A L L A N
Posts: 9,743
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  Quote 
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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  Quote 
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Photographer
-JAY-
Posts: 6,277
Las Vegas, Nevada, US


Antagonize.
Apr 01 13 10:27 am  Link  Quote 
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Christopher Hartman
Posts: 53,754
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  Quote 
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R A V E N D R I V E
Posts: 15,867
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  Quote 
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Tiffiney C
Posts: 568
Los Angeles, California, US


-JAY- wrote:
Antagonize.

+1

Tiff
www.TiffineyC.com

Apr 01 13 10:33 am  Link  Quote 
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Will Snizek Photography
Posts: 1,387
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  Quote 
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Orca Bay Images
Posts: 32,233
Lodi, California, 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  Quote 
Photographer
J O H N A L L A N
Posts: 9,743
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  Quote 
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-The Dave-
Posts: 8,588
Las Vegas, Nevada, US


Frak!...  Frak With...  Frak You...
Apr 01 13 10:11 pm  Link  Quote 
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