Definition of smooth someone's ruffled feathers in US English:

smooth someone's ruffled feathers


  • Make someone less angry or irritated by using soothing words.

    • ‘I muttered darkly, not liking the fact that he so easily smoothed my ruffled feathers.’
    • ‘A little lie would indubitably make things all better, smooth Jake's ruffled feathers, and make everything in my life shiny again.’
    • ‘He shook his head and laughed in merriment as if to smooth Big Freddie's ruffled feathers.’
    • ‘I think this upset him a bit and I had to smooth his ruffled feathers via email.’
    • ‘I know I've stepped over the line and should probably smooth her ruffled feathers.’