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get (one's) hackles up

To become or cause to become angry, hostile, defensive, or irritable. John got his hackles up when his parents brought up the subject of college. Election season always gets my dad's hackles up.
See also: get, hackle, up

make (someone's) hackles rise

To greatly irritate, annoy, or aggravate someone. The disrespect he showed our professor during class made my hackles rise so badly that I had to go take a walk to calm down. The politician has a gift for making his opponents' hackles rise during debates.
See also: hackle, make, rise

raise (one's) hackles

To greatly irritate, annoy, or aggravate one. The disrespect he showed our professor during class raised my hackles so badly that I had to go take a walk to calm down. The politician has a gift for raising his opponents' hackles during debates.
See also: hackle, raise

(one's) hackles rise

One becomes greatly irritated, annoyed, or aggravated. The disrespect he showed our professor during class made my hackles rise so badly that I had to go take a walk to calm down. I could see her hackles rising at the suggestion of reducing her hours at work.
See also: hackle, rise

get someone's dander up

 and get someone's back up; get someone's hackles up; get someone's Irish up; put someone's back up
Fig. to make someone get angry. (Fixed order.) Now, don't get your dander up. Calm down. I insulted him and really got his hackles up. Bob had his Irish up all day yesterday. I don't know what was wrong. Now, now, don't get your back up. I didn't mean any harm.
See also: dander, get, up

raise one's hackles

Make one very angry, as in That really raised my hackles when he pitched straight at the batter's head. Hackles are the hairs on the back of an animal's neck, which stick up when the animal feels fearful or angry. [Late 1800s]
See also: hackle, raise

raise someone's hackles

COMMON If something raises your hackles, it makes you angry. The taxes will be designed not to raise voters' hackles too much. Note: You can also say that something raises hackles if it makes people angry. Certainly Smedley's pay packet of $1 million-plus would have raised a few hackles among the medical profession. Note: When something makes you angry or annoyed, you can say that your hackles rise. My hackles rose when I read his letter. Note: `Hackles' are feathers on the necks of cockerels and some other birds. They rise up when the bird becomes aggressive.
See also: hackle, raise

make someone's hackles rise

make someone angry or indignant.
Hackles are the long feathers on the neck of a fighting cock or the hairs on the top of a dog's neck, which are raised when the animal is angry or excited.
See also: hackle, make, rise

your, his, etc. ˈhackles rise

become angry: Ben felt his hackles rise as the speaker continued.
See also: hackle, rise

make somebody’s ˈhackles rise


raise ˈhackles

make somebody angry: He really makes my hackles rise, that man. He’s so rude to everybody.Her remarks certainly raised hackles.
Hackles are the hairs on the back of a dog’s neck that rise when it is angry or excited.
See also: hackle, make, rise

get (one's) hackles up

To be extremely insulted or irritated.
See also: get, hackle, up
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His prominently wearing long rooster feathers in his hair on national television helped establish a hairdressing trend that created an insatiable demand for the best saddle hackle in the country.
A hackle of black and white stripes, or grizzly, is most sought after by both the beauty and sporting goods industries.
Maj Alastair Campbell, of the Royal Regiment, said: "The Red Hackle is safe.
The Brown Hackle, the Coachman, the Professor, the Montreal, the Red Ibis, and the Grizzly King were the six flies mentioned most often, and the top twelve flies also included the Queen of the Water, the Parmacheene Belle, and Cow Dung, followed in order by the Black Gnat, Green Drake and the Beaverkill.
environmental group has raised hackles in the farming community by publicizing information farmers are used to considering private.
But the proposed regulations have raised the hackles of environmental groups and mining companies alike.
From advertisers and other corporations tracking your movements on the Web by placing innocuous sounding "cookies" on your hard drive, to rogues filling your e-mail box with offers of bogus university degrees or cheap printer toner, every bit of spam -- the wired word for junk e-mail -- and news item about abuses of privacy on the Net raises the hackles of Web watchers.
For the rest of the fly, I employ typical Catskill-style wings made of duck flank feathers and hackles.
But to describe Longer Views as a black text would, for most readers, be stretching the idea of blackness toward infinity - which might not be a bad thing (certainly someone like Sun Ra would have applauded it), though it surely would raise the hackles of folks for whom "black" / "white"/ (name your perusasion) must be easily recognizable, nationalizable, and (intellectually or otherwise) commodifiable.
The "good-news-is-bad-news" syndrome, however, has resuscitated the Federal Reserve's hackles about inflation, which keeps the financial market in nearly a perpetual tizzy, as it worries about the Fed's future intentions and past deeds in tightening money.
At that moment the game changed for us, a flick was switched, our hackles were raised and we wanted the victory more than ever.
Warnock's hackles will have been well and truly raised.
1778 - In St Lucia, the Fifth Regiment of Foot are said to have dipped the white plumes of their hackles (caps) in the blood of their French enemies.
The center feather is decorated with florals, and grizzly hackles and a small trim feather that cannot be identified.
MY WEEK Punting high Never Lose at Doncaster Punting low About half a dozen Michael Dods horses Gripe Ziggy Lee's demotion from first place at Newmarket on Thursday slipped under the radar but it certainly raised my hackles as I recalled similar instances from last year that went unpunished and cost me a packet.