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To ruffle the feathers of

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To ruffle the feathers of to exite the resentment of; to irritate.
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Usage

In literature:

To be sure, there would be the excitement of trying to ruffle the love-feathers, but that, too, in time would pall.
"Penny of Top Hill Trail" by Belle Kanaris Maniates
There was not enough of it below the tree-tops to ruffle a feather.
"Old Plymouth Trails" by Winthrop Packard
I was in no better humour, to tell the truth, but laid myself out to do the civil to Nonguza, by way of smoothing his ruffled feathers.
"A Frontier Mystery" by Bertram Mitford
It appears to sing with so much energy as to ruffle the feathers of the head and neck.
"The Natural History of Cage Birds" by J. M. Bechstein
Catching hold of the bag to shake it, out tumbled a dead hen with ruffled feathers.
"Johnny Ludlow, Third Series" by Mrs. Henry Wood
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In news:

At the risk of ruffling the feathers of local bird lovers, the Hannibal City Council has decided that poison would be the best method to deal the city's growing pigeon population.
According to the Associated Press story, Willy lives in Rhode Island and has ruffled the feathers of some of his owner's neighbors.
Last week Pastor Reginald Flynn ruffled feathers of many people in the community when news broke that he wanted to interrupt the Crim Race in protest.
A cynic might be justified in seeing a call for a sweeping reorganization of the federal government as the last refuge of a politician who doesn't want to ruffle any ideological feathers.
EXETER—As an incoming Town Councilman for the Town of Exeter, the last thing Dan Patterson wants to do is ruffle any feathers or stir trouble in his community … at least before he's officially sworn in anyway.
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