raise some hackles

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of raise some hackles

: cause someone or some people to be upset
  • The court ruling is sure to raise some hackles.

Word by Word Definitions

raise play
  1. : to cause or help to rise to a standing position

  2. : awaken, arouse

  3. : to stir up : incite

  1. : an act of raising or lifting

  2. : a rising stretch of road : an upward grade : rise

  3. : an increase in amount: such as

some play
  1. : being an unknown, undetermined, or unspecified unit or thing

  2. : being one, a part, or an unspecified number of something (such as a class or group) named or implied

  3. : being of an unspecified amount or number

  1. : one indeterminate quantity, portion, or number as distinguished from the rest

  2. : an indefinite additional amount

  1. : about

  2. : in some degree : somewhat

  3. : to some degree or extent : a little

  1. : characterized by a (specified) thing, quality, state, or action

  1. : group of (so many) members and especially persons

  1. : body

  2. : chromosome

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


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