We need to spend time figuring out how to address this core issue and not continuously smooth ruffled feathers
There was speculation that the Administration would use ex-Secretary of State Jim Baker's debt-moratorium sales mission to smooth ruffled feathers
in France, Russia and Germany, angry over being blacklisted for Iraq reconstruction contracts.
This way Mr Brown can pre-empt them, and still leave a couple of weeks to smooth ruffled feathers
if he overdoes the 'iron Chancellor' bit.
In an attempt to forestall any bad press about its new movie and to smooth ruffled feathers
in China, Disney has hired former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger as spokesman and goodwill ambassador.
Often, the moderator, or Juma, has to intervene to restore order and smooth ruffled feathers
In some cases, CEOs can smooth ruffled feathers
or seek to mediate disputes.