To ruffle the feathers of

Related to To ruffle the feathers of: ruffle some feathers
to exite the resentment of; to irritate.

See also: Ruffle

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Although that would be likely to ruffle the feathers of his new manager Jose Mourinho.
Why do you feel the need to ruffle the feathers of believers?
3pm CRAVEN COTTAGE FULHAM v NEWCASTLE MIDFIELDER Danny Guthrie sees no reason why Newcastle cannot continue to ruffle the feathers of the Barclays Premier League's big boys.
FULHAM v NEWCASTLE TODAY, 3PM MIDFIELDER Danny Guthrie sees no reason why Newcastle cannot continue to ruffle the feathers of the Premier League's big boys.
But they'll have to do a lot more to ruffle the feathers of cool customer Nick Hewer, who triumphed over the heat to provide his usual blend of charm and cutting humour.
IT WOULD take more than a last-minute switch of venue from the Irish Centre to ruffle the feathers of CWK.
Of course they can, and there's a treat for Christopher Eccleston fans, when his character, Dougal Shepp, returns to Vasey to ruffle the feathers of Kenny Harris.
JASON MCATEER is backing England to ruffle the feathers of Nigeria's Super Eagles at the World Cup, despite the Republic of Ireland being brought back down to earth last night.
This should easily allow it to ruffle the feathers of the Toyota Celica, BMW 3-Series Coupe and the Peugeot 406.
Small enough for student digs (with a useful iPod dock), the T9 has what it takes to ruffle the feathers of the soundbar big boys.
IT'S mission improbable for Cardiff City at Chelsea today, with the Bluebirds hardly expected to ruffle the feathers of the Premier League side.