One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Cause someone to become annoyed or upset.‘his sudden rise ruffled the feathers of the old guard’‘tampering with the traditional approach would ruffle a few feathers’
annoy, irritate, irk, vex, nettle, needle, anger, exasperateView synonyms
- ‘I would appear to have ruffled Mr Foxcroft's feathers in my letter of May 20.’
- ‘I felt that I'd ruffled his feathers up enough for the day, or at the very least a few hours.’
- ‘All of this speculation has clearly ruffled Parker's feathers a little.’
- ‘She describes herself as a patient driver and even the ‘see a space and fill it’ mentality of London drivers fails to ruffle her feathers.’
- ‘Was Hannity trying to ruffle Jensen's feathers, knock him off balance in order to get him to react in anger?’
- ‘We seem to have at last ruffled their feathers and could be a force to be reckoned with.’
- ‘It's been a difficult week for the committee that devised the rules, but not one that ruffled their feathers unduly.’
- ‘They think this high profile meeting in London will ruffle his feathers.’
- ‘It's this snobbish attitude toward work place interaction that ruffles my feathers.’
- ‘Jess bumped a side table and sent it crashing to the dusty floor with a clang that shook my eardrums, ruffled my feathers with the irritating vibration, and made every one of us jump.’
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