ruffled feathers


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ruffled feathers

noun
Extreme displeasure caused by an insult or slight:
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It is only your faery touch that can lay his ruffled feathers.
As we passed through the neighbouring village with cracking of whip and jingling of bells, heads popped up at the windows to stare, and the only living thing in the silent, sunny street was a melancholy fowl with ruffled feathers, which looked at us reproachfully, as we dashed with so much energy over the crackling snow.
Since he arrived newbie Marc ruffled feathers as he called his housemates ''a***lickers''.
Meanwhile, former model Eleanor, who plays Demelza in the hit BBC drama, ruffled feathers in this beautiful dove grey gown from Ralph Lauren.
RUFFLED feathers in top-brass Roman Catholic coops where a brace of bishops complain that BBC2's superb Wolf Hall presents Thomas More "perversely".
UKIP is the first political party to include a reduction of fuel duty in its election manifesto, which has resulted in ruffled feathers across Westminster.
Big Bird ruffled feathers on the political trail last year after after Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney vowed to cut funding for the beloved Sesame Street character during a presidential debate.
BAE Systems is planning a share repurchase program (SRP) to enable it to return hundreds of millions of pounds to investors to smooth ruffled feathers after its controversial Au30bn plan to merge with European aerospace giant EADS failed.
While some of the astounded twitter users went gaga over the snap, for others it was just an opportunity to take a jab at the International Olympic Committee, which has ruffled feathers by being extra vigilant regarding the use of its name and slogans.
The English comic ruffled feathers at past shows with controversial gibes aimed at Hollywood's elite, but he seemed to tone down his close-to-the-knuckle jokes for the 69th annual Globes ceremony.
The rapper, supposed to have six kids by three different women, ruffled feathers among girls in the London venue when he handed his number to one of the dancers.
THE GOVERNMENT on Tuesday tried to calm ruffled feathers after it was reported that over a lakh phones are being tapped annually.