ruffle feathers

Definition of ruffle feathers


  1. :  to upset or offend people Her research has been ruffling feathers for years. His critical remarks ruffled the feathers of the board members. I agreed to do what they wanted because I didn't want to ruffle any feathers.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  roughen, abrade

    :  trouble, vex

    :  to erect in or like a ruff :  to cause to rise or bristle

  1. :  commotion, brawl

    :  a state or cause of irritation

    :  a strip of fabric gathered or pleated on one edge

  1. :  a low vibrating drumbeat less loud than a roll

featherplay feathers
  1. :  any of the light, horny, epidermal outgrowths that form the external covering of the body of birds Feathers include the smaller down feathers and the larger contour and flight feathers. Larger feathers consist of a shaft (rachis ) bearing branches (barbs ) which bear smaller branches (barbules ). These smaller branches bear tiny hook-bearing processes (barbicels ) which interlock with the barbules of an adjacent barb to link the barbs into a continuous stiff vane . Down feathers lack barbules, resulting in fluffy feathers which provide insulation below the contour feathers.

    :  plume

    :  the vane of an arrow

  1. :  to furnish (as an arrow) with a feather

    :  to cover, clothe, or adorn with or as if with feathers

    :  to turn (an oar blade) almost horizontal when lifting from the water at the end of a stroke to reduce air resistance

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