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a flutter in the dovecote

A stir or mild disturbance among a certain organization or group of people, especially one that is typically quiet, reserved, or conservative in nature. Likened to domestic pigeons fluttering their wings in response to an agitation (a dovecote being a structure built to house and raise them). The unexpected entrance of an exuberant young woman caused a bit of a flutter in the dovecote at the old Men's Only club.
See also: dovecote, flutter

flutter the dovecote

To cause a stir or mild disturbance among a certain organization or group of people, especially one that is typically quiet, reserved, or conservative in nature. Likened to domestic pigeons fluttering their wings in response to an agitation (a dovecote being a structure built to house and raise them). The exuberant young woman fluttered the dovecote of the old Men's Only club by bursting in unannounced.
See also: dovecote, flutter

flutter the dovecotes

alarm, startle, or upset a sedate or conventionally minded community.
This expression may come from Shakespeare's Coriolanus: ‘like an eagle in a dove-cote, I Fluttered your Volscians in Corioli’. Compare with put the cat among the pigeons (at cat).
1992 Daily Telegraph It is however the arrival of Michael Heseltine at the DTI that will flutter the dovecotes most of all.
See also: dovecote, flutter
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So to celebrate, each year group at the school was asked what they would like to bury in a time capsule which was placed into the centre stone of the Dovecote floor.
Prior to the burial of the capsule, The Major of Stockton, Councillor Paul Baker, officially opened the Dovecote.
They were Grade II-listed in 1957 and, according to English Heritage, tradition has it that it was the Normans who introduced pigeons and dovecotes to this country in the 11th century.
You may wish to consider offering a complete package deal by supplying a dovecote together with a small flock of doves.
The brick portions sit comfortably, tucked behind in mellowed contrast, nearly spanning the gap between stone house and old stone dovecote.
They are the survivors of many dovecotes built throughout the Middle Ages, as few date from much later than the 1770s.
The meeting will be held at Dovecotes Community Centre on Tuesday at 7pm.
Council bosses want to introduce two dovecotes - places where pigeons are encouraged to perch and nest - into Rugby town centre.
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Dovecotes are set to be built at either end of Regent Street to encourage the birds to perch, nest and feed in one place.
With backing from the RSPCA, Coventry City Council is planning to create artificial nesting sites, called dovecotes, next to designated areas where the public can feed the birds.
PIGEONS are to be provided with dovecotes in Coventry city centre in a crafty way to encourage them to lay their eggs just where the council can pinch them.
One of Britain's most unusual dovecotes has been returned to its former glory after an pounds 85,000 restoration.
In 1974 a survey showed that there were only 50 dovecotes left in the county.