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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.
See also: feather, ruffle
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State regulators' ongoing poultry predicament with local farmers is ruffling some feathers, in spite of recent regulatory changes to accommodate more small farms.
RUNAWAY parrot Silver is ruffling some feathers with his amorous antics.
A FRISKY peacock is ruffling some feathers - by repeatedly trying to mate with petrol pumps.