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a flutter in the dovecote

A stir or mild disturbance among a certain organization or group of people, especially one that is typically quiet, reserved, or conservative in nature. Likened to domestic pigeons fluttering their wings in response to an agitation (a dovecote being a structure built to house and raise them). The unexpected entrance of an exuberant young woman caused a bit of a flutter in the dovecote at the old Men's Only club.
See also: dovecote, flutter

flutter the dovecote

To cause a stir or mild disturbance among a certain organization or group of people, especially one that is typically quiet, reserved, or conservative in nature. Likened to domestic pigeons fluttering their wings in response to an agitation (a dovecote being a structure built to house and raise them). The exuberant young woman fluttered the dovecote of the old Men's Only club by bursting in unannounced.
See also: dovecote, flutter
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Peter Boyes, Technical Manager of Dovecote Park commented: "Compatibility with our new automated handling and racking systems were key when selecting containers for the cold store.
A statement read: "We confirm an incident took place at the Dovecote, Birmingham.
Jean Graham, activities coordinator at Dovecote said: "Everyone had a fantastic time taking part in this musical event.
Dovecote said it had made the move to make it financially viable for farmers hit by rising on-farm input costs to stay in the beef industry.
I'm thinking, with some chagrin, about how I, the "expert", have always told people to build the housing before getting the animals, and here I am, sawing and hammering a dovecote while the pigeons are looking on from their temporary wire cage.
The gardens combine formal terraces and informal glades, mixing pavillions, topiary and dovecotes.
The shop, at Dovecote Meadow, will be opened by leader of Sunderland City Council, Councillor Paul Watson.
Marlon O'Reilly, 33, was gunned down by Paul Davies as he drank at the Dovecote pub, in Sheldon, in May last year.
Beside the house is the Dovecote constructed of brick with glazed cupola and weathervane.
Three Proseal GT2 traysealers are helping to double packaging throughput for a range of beef burgers and meatballs at beef specialist Dovecote Park.
There will be activities happening across central Stockton and the Riverside, including an acoustic stage on The Endeavour Ship, arts and craft stalls in the Parish Gardens and digital and performance poetry at the newly refurbished 62 Dovecote street.
The new unit is expected to be operational within the next three months and will be based at long-term supplier Dovecote Park's state-of-the-art facility in Yorkshire.
The former Irish Flat racer kept some lofty company last winter, making his debut over obstacles with a good second to Grumeti in Kempton's Grade 2 Dovecote Hurdle.
With Grumeti following up Balder Succes's Ascot triumph a week earlier with a smooth victory in the Dovecote Novices' Hurdle at Kempton on Saturday, King has two of the first five in the betting.
Beef supplier Dovecote Park has boosted sales and increased profits by more than a third thanks to strong sales of beef byproducts and an overall increase in volume sales.