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ruffle a few feathers

To do something which annoys, irritates, or upsets other people. I know my presentation about the effects of climate change is going to ruffle a few feathers, but I have got to raise awareness about this issue! Harry's bombastic, arrogant demeanor tends to ruffle a few feathers, but he's a decent guy at heart.
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He added: "Don't worry about ruffling a few feathers - feathers look better when they have been ruffled, and it's fun.
Asked on BBC Radio 4's The Week in Westminster whether he minded ruffling a few feathers, he said: "I don't know if it annoyed people in Number 10.
The elaborately haired American tycoon clearly likes to be the centre of attention, takes any criticism levelled at him on the chin and gives the impression he enjoys ruffling a few feathers when he gets the chance.
If that means ruffling a few feathers in the first five or 10 minutes then so be it.
A football-loving parrot has been ruffling a few feathers in Spain.
Ruffling a few feathers in RTE is one thing but wiping out half the wild bird population is another.
Humphries recalled ruffling a few feathers at the beginning with his disciplinary style.
The front of our March issue features a blooming Lynda Bellingham who stars as one of the every-popular Calendar Girls baring all at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle - where Matthew Bourne's all-male Swan Lake will also be ruffling a few feathers this month.
The pink swans are ruffling a few feathers among scientists