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Their support may be put to the test in the coming year, as Wilcox talks about pursuing strategies that raise hackles among some educators.
Crivella’s connection to the Universal church has raised hackles before.
Crivella's connection to the Universal church has raised hackles before.
Janowitz raises hackles as the perfectly irritating Trevor.
When Twitter came up in conversation, so did my hackles.
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.
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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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