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get (someone'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

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 your hackles

to annoy someone Jim could raise her hackles quickly, but she enjoyed being with him anyway.
Related vocabulary: make your hair stand on end
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of hackles (the hairs on the back of a dog's neck that stick up when the dog fears something)
See also: hackle, raise

raise (somebody's) hackles

  also make (somebody's) hackles rise
to annoy someone
Usage notes: Hackles are the hairs on the back of a dog's neck which stand up when it is angry.
The politician's frank interview may have raised hackles in his party. The movie's pro-war message made many people's hackles rise.
See also: hackle, raise

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

get (one's) hackles up

To be extremely insulted or irritated.
See also: get, hackle, up
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told me that he raises roosters to produce grizzly, brown and white hackles for tying the traditional Catskill fly colors.
A hackle of black and white stripes, or grizzly, is most sought after by both the beauty and sporting goods industries.
The extensions are decorated with trimmed florals and grizzly hackles.
Maj Alastair Campbell, of the Royal Regiment, said: "The Red Hackle is safe.
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.
Thus it was almost inevitable that eventually she would say something about food banks to raise the hackles of opponents.
At that moment the game changed for us, a flick was switched, our hackles were raised and we wanted the victory more than ever.
The ex-troopers, now fusiliers with their brand new cap badges and red and white hackles, never had to buy a drink.
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.
After this half has set up in the glue, coat the remainder and complete the circle of hackles.
Sutcliffe raised the hackles of some of football's biggest names this week with his comments about England captain John Terry, whose salary he described as "obscene", and also lashed out at the Red Devils for raising season ticket prices and making cup tickets compulsory purchases.
Amy sets out to defrumpify the 91-year-old organisation and, despite raising a few arthritic hackles among the establishment, she's been rewarded with seeing Yarmouth become the largest branch in the country in just one year.
If the Liverpool Capital of Culture committee really wanted to raise the hackles of some of our citizens, they could do no better than to invite Toyo Ito to submit preparatory plans for a major site in our city.
In DC Confidential, Sir Christopher dismissed several senior Cabinet ministers as "political pygmies" and described Mr Prescott arriving "at the embassy like a mastiff with his hackles up