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Recent Examples of hackle from the Web
When Porsche unveiled its new flat-six-powered car, called the 901, at the 1963 Frankfurt auto show, hackles immediately went up at Peugeot.
The ambassador acknowledged that Trump had raised hackles in the UK.
Everything fluttered down to silence, Ted felt the dog’s hackles stiffen under his hand, felt his own frame freeze to tautness.
One firm that has raised hackles is JPMorgan Chase & Co., one of a dozen or so protocol members that have filed lawsuits to stop brokers departing one of their units from invoking protocol protections.
Fire burst from its open mouth, its eyes glowed with a smouldering glare, its muzzle and hackles and dewlap were outlined in flickering flame.
Doing that raised hackles in Royal Oak, although a project to build luxury homes on an old city golf course is going ahead.
Etihad and Emirates Airlines, which have raised hackles (especially in the U.S.) by using quasi-sovereign backing in the UAE to compete in the global long-haul market, may be on the verge of forming an alliance.
Former Vice President Joe Biden raised hackles on the left over the past week with his own public yearnings for a return to the manners of years past.
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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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