ruffle some feathers

ruffle some feathers

To do something which annoys, irritates, or upsets other people. I know my presentation about the effects of climate change are going to ruffle some feathers, but I have got to raise awareness about this issue! Harry's bombastic, arrogant demeanor tends to ruffle some feathers, but he's a decent guy at heart.
See also: feather, ruffle
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As a centre forward you can't be afraid to ruffle some feathers and he does that but he's much more than a bruiser.
Ruffle some feathers in a Rare black dress, pounds 32, at Topshop, left.
Shaw will play feisty and flirty Eve Birch, the granddaughter of battle-axe Edna, who will ruffle some feathers in the village as she unleashes her charm on the men of Emmerdale.
They decided the cult figure's performance of Irelande Douze Pointe - a parody of Eurovision - would be the one to ruffle some feathers at the song contest in May
A Granada insider said: ``Stacey will only be in the soap for a very short time but her character is sure to ruffle some feathers.
A Granada source said: "Stacey is only in a short time but she is sure to ruffle some feathers.
Someone like Reilly, with a major publication backing him up, can afford to fly in, ruffle some feathers and get away cleanly.
DANIELLE LLOYD: The glamour girl's upcoming tell-all book is set to ruffle some feathers in the celebrity world.
RUFFLE some feathers with this statement clutch, pounds 20, left, from Aldo - www.
Regular readers would recall how a certain Mr Lewis loves nothing better than to ruffle some feathers with his bombardment of anti-Welsh letters.