hackle was our Word of the Day on 03/20/2017. Hear the podcast!
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Another point of contention a new program with comedian Michelle Wolf, who famously raised the hackles of conservatives at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in April.
But the demo — which amounted to a series of extremely high-tech crank calls — raised a lot of hackles.
Hornberg Special: Created by Frank Hornberg, a Department of Natural Resources game warden from Stevens Point, this streamer has an elongated wing formed by two mallard breast feathers with two yellow hackle feathers underneath.
The moose, awkwardly marooned on a narrow patch of dirt, was visibly agitated, its ears drawn back and hackles raised.
It's caused hackles on all sides of the political fence, or both sides of the political fence.
The massive influx over the years of these refugees has strained resources and raised the hackles of local governments and populations.
Several of Murphy’s shows have been critically divisive (and, on occasion, panned in ways that have raised his hackles).
Russia has managed to maintain good relations with both Iran and Israel, even as the former has increased its presence in Syria in defense of the Assad regime, raising the latter's hackles.
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Did You Know?
In its earliest uses in the 15th century, "hackle" denoted either a bird's neck plumage or an instrument used to comb out long fibers of flax, hemp, or jute. Apparently, some folks saw a resemblance between the neck feathers of domestic birds - which, on a male, become erect when the bird is defensive - and the prongs of the comb-like tool. In the 19th century, English speakers extended the word's use to both dogs and people. Like the bird's feathers, the erectile hairs on the back of a dog's neck stand up when the animal is agitated. With humans, use of the word hackles is usually figurative. When you raise someone's hackles, you make them angry or put them on the defensive.
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