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Recent Examples of hackle from the Web
Doing that raised hackles in Royal Oak, although a project to build luxury homes on an old city golf course is going ahead.
Fire burst from its open mouth, its eyes glowed with a smouldering glare, its muzzle and hackles and dewlap were outlined in flickering flame.
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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.
Another speech, in October of that same year, raised more hackles.
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.
The issue already is raising official hackles and disputes here because of the Trump administration’s accusations that Pakistan is providing sanctuary for anti-Afghan militant groups.
Atlanta's 23-7 loss to the Patriots was its third in a row, and one play in particular against New England has the Falcons fans' hackles up.
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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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