Definition of ruffle feathers
: 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
: roughen, abrade
: trouble, vex
: to erect in or like a ruff : to cause to rise or bristle
: commotion, brawl
: a state or cause of irritation
: a strip of fabric gathered or pleated on one edge
: a low vibrating drumbeat less loud than a roll
: 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.
: the vane of an arrow
: 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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