the feathers fly

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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 ?
You must be very careful, however, to make my bed in the right way, for I wish you always to shake it thoroughly, so that the feathers fly about; then they say, down there in the world, that it is snowing; for I am Mother Holle.
Why was the jade burned but the feathers fly all over the sky?
However, after much gentle persuasion, the pair come together in their famous doctor's surgery sketch and the feathers fly, with Andy Jones in fine form as the more refined Al peeving his old partner with the finger-jabbing habit.
The runners-up are MAKING THE FEATHERS FLY from Mr K Williams of Chelmsley Wood and I THINK HOUSTON HAS A PROBLEM from Philip Chater of Stourbridge.
I would also invite Joe Calza-ghe and his former wife Mandy, just to watch the feathers fly.
SHE wants revenge and South Wales wants to give her the chance to get it so they can watch the feathers fly when she does.
Adam's ale until the feathers fly, without a goose--quite
HITTING THE TRAP AND SKEET CIRCUIT NOW WILL HELP THE FEATHERS FLY COME FALL.
And residents living near the pond in Forres, Morayshire, claim watching the feathers fly as the female tries to escape is getting them down.