Definition of ruffle feathers
- 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.
: 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
: the vane of an arrow
: to furnish (something, such 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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