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the feathers fly

There is an argument. When the feathers fly, I'm making myself scarce—there's no way I'm getting roped into a fight between those two. You can be sure that the feathers will fly if the president vetoes the bill that both sides of congress worked so hard to pass.
See also: feather, fly

the ˌfeathers/ˌfur/ˌsparks will ˈfly

(informal) there will be anger, annoyance, etc: The fur will really fly when she tells him he can’t go out tonight.
See also: feather, fly, fur, Sparks, will
References in classic literature ?
She took care to do everything according to the old woman's bidding and every time she made the bed she shook it with all her might, so that the feathers flew about like so many snowflakes.
Everyone was to blame, but at the end of the day a weariness took over and I concluded my piece by saying, 'As the sun went down, even the bad spirit waned, but for Aquilla, all the feathers flew in the wrong direction.
The feathers flew after the 6ft catwalk queen - who once posed in the nude alongside the slogan: "I'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur" - took part in a fashion shoot clad in dead animal pelts.