ruffle (one's) feathers

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ruffle (one's) feathers

To annoy, irritate, or upset someone. Sarah's just teasing you. Don't let her ruffle your feathers like that! Harry's bombastic, arrogant demeanor tends to ruffle people's feathers, but he's a decent guy at heart.
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ruffle someone's feathers

Fig. to irritate or annoy someone. I didn't mean to ruffle his feathers. I just thought that I would remind him of what he promised us.
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ruffle someone's feathers

Annoy or offend someone, as in Calling him a tightwad really ruffled his feathers. This term alludes to the stiffened, upright feathers of an angry bird. [Mid-1800s]
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ruffle feathers

COMMON If someone ruffles feathers, they say or do something which upsets or annoys people. His management style ruffled a few feathers. The tall Texan ruffled some English feathers with his remarks. Note: If a bird's feathers are ruffled they stand out from its body, for example because it is frightened or angry.
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ruffle someone's feathers

cause someone to become annoyed or upset.
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References in classic literature ?
Ruffle your feathers," said that grim old Solomon, and Peter tried most desperately hard to ruffle his feathers, but he had none.
I like to see a young cock ruffle his feathers, stretch his neck, and crow as if the whole world belonged to him.
Takes more than a good looking bird to ruffle his feathers these days.
In fact Tibby doesn't let the barmy bird ruffle his feathers and is happy to share lunch.
But it's clear he'll give an earful to anyone who dares ruffle his feathers.