make someone's hackles rise

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of make someone's hackles rise

: cause someone to be very angry
  • Their arrogant attitude is what really made my hackles rise.

Word by Word Definitions

make play
  1. : behave, act

  2. : to begin or seem to begin (an action)

  3. : to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone

  1. : the manner or style in which a thing is constructed

  2. : brand

  3. : the physical, mental, or moral constitution of a person

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

hackle play hackles
  1. : one of the long narrow feathers on the neck or saddle of a bird

  2. : the neck plumage of the domestic fowl

  3. : a comb or board with long metal teeth for dressing flax, hemp, or jute

  1. : to comb out with a hackle

rise play
  1. : to assume an upright position especially from lying, kneeling, or sitting

  2. : to get up from sleep or from one's bed

  3. : to return from death

  1. : a spot higher than surrounding ground : hilltop

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : an act of rising or a state of being risen: such as


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