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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.
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OUR story about 82-year-old former soldier Ivor Smith getting sacked by B&Q for stepping away from his till for three-and-a-half minutes ruffled some feathers among our online readers.
Bean store in Vermont has ruffled some feathers, with an owl attacking a hawk in a shopping mall display.
The rapper has ruffled some feathers with religious imagery before.
His appointment ruffled some feathers in the Anglican Communion because he was the first divorced and remarried man to become a bishop in Britain.
The appointment is said to have ruffled some feathers in the Anglican Communion because he was the first divorced and remarried man to become a bishop in Britain.
That home-court advantage has ruffled some feathers in the conference, but not Pepperdine coach Paul Westphal's.
It's probably because you don't support my feelings on one love or it might have ruffled some feathers.
OH DEAR, the Evening Telegraph seems to have ruffled some feathers in Nuneaton.
Bank and Business makes it clear they are buying assets, but not liabilities, and that's ruffled some feathers.
Acerbic-tongued journalist Janet Street-Porter has already ruffled some feathers with her less than congenial approach to the experience.