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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.' The old woman spoke so kindly, that the girl summoned up courage and agreed to enter into her service.
Such a plucky performance may make feathers fly with fellow judges.
The crowd baits and hollers whenever the combatants dare to encroach and feathers fly.
The roosters are set loose and feathers fly in an explosion of jumping and pecking that sets the already excited crowd into a bloodthirsty frenzy.
Feathers fly Helena Spinks's black grouse standoff is November's pic
Margaret Thatcher even recited a poem by Saint Francis of Assisi promising to bring reconciliation and unity where there had been previous discord but then spent the next 11 years making the fur and feathers fly. Theresa May, a vicar's daughter, promised to alleviate the lot of the underprivileged and sounded like a latter-day Mother Theresa of Calcutta, minus the halo.
And it will make feathers fly. Because the Wednesbury dadof-four was the Black Country's official PIGEON KILLER.
Now observers are waiting to see if feathers fly when the missing regular mates return.
Feathers fly, peanuts are pecked and bread crumbs bolted down as avian marauders flock to our back gardens to find enough food to survive the freezing mid-winter.
The rear wheels power a fan that makes colored feathers fly around inside a chamber.
Why was the jade burned but the feathers fly all over the sky?
A furious pheasant is making feathers fly by waging war on a farmer when he enters his territory.
- Starring: Fred Willard, Patrick Stewart, Catherine O'Hara, Harry Shearer, Zach Braff Directed by: Mark Dindal Produced by: Randy Fullmer, Peter Del Vecho, Randall Fullmer Feathers fly in Disney's Chicken Little, a new spin on an old fable with a big promotional budget and high expectations.It's Disney's first 3-D animation production without Pixar, the studio behind Toy Story, Monsters, Inc.
"'I suppose,' she sighed / as she lowered her head, / 'They are like the words / I can't take back, // from the rumor I spread.' // Cruel words like feathers fly / Cruel words reach far and wide.