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all fur coat and no knickers

Good-looking on the surface but lacking substance underneath. I thought David and I would really get along well, but we had nothing to talk about at dinner—he's really all fur coat and no knickers. Our new boss sounded like she had a lot of good ideas for the department, but it turns out she's all fur coat and no knickers.
See also: all, and, coat, fur, knickers, no

be all fur coat and no knickers

To be attractive on the surface but lack substance underneath. I thought David and I would really get along well, but we had nothing to talk about at dinner—he's all fur coat and no knickers. Our new boss sounded like she had a lot of good ideas for the department, but it turns out she's all fur coat and no knickers.
See also: all, and, coat, fur, knickers, no

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 fur flies

There is an argument. When the fur flies, 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 fur will fly if the president vetoes the bill that both sides of congress worked so hard to pass.
See also: flies, fur

fur and feather

Animals or birds that are hunted. We are going out today in pursuit of fur and feather.
See also: and, feather, fur

make the fur fly

1. To cause disruption, confusion, or turmoil. The CEO's resignation made the fur fly in the media about the tech giant's future. My mom will make the fur fly if she finds out we took her car without asking.
2. To do or attempt something with great energy, enthusiasm, and skill. The team's quarterback really made the fur fly on Sunday, making over 30 completed passes for four touchdowns and running for a total of 250 yards all by himself.
See also: fly, fur, make

make the dust fly

1. To cause disruption, confusion, or turmoil. The CEO's resignation made the dust fly in the media about the tech giant's future. My mom will make the dust fly if she finds out we took her car without asking.
2. To do or attempt something with great energy, enthusiasm, and skill. The team's quarterback really made the dust fly on Sunday, making over 30 completed passes for four touchdowns and running for a total of 250 yards all by himself.
See also: dust, fly, make

fur piece

Rur. a long distance. (Fur = far.) It's a fur piece to the library. You'd best take the bus instead of walking. It's a pretty fur piece to the nearest big town.
See also: fur, piece

make the fur fly

 and make the feathers fly
Fig. to cause a fight or an argument; to create an uproar. When your mother gets home and sees what you've done, she'll really make the fur fly. When those two get together, they'll make the feathers fly. They hate each other.
See also: fly, fur, make

make the dust fly

Also, make the feathers or fur fly . Stir matters up, cause a commotion or disturbance. For example, When she saw the dog sleeping on her new bedspread, she really made the dust fly, or As soon as he learns who dented his car, he'll make the feathers fly, or She'd better not interfere or he'll make the fur fly. The first usage alludes to the results of a vigorous house-cleaning effort. The two variants, both dating from the early 1800s, allude to what happens when a hunting dog is set on a bird or rabbit.
See also: dust, fly, make

the fur flies

If the fur flies, people argue very fiercely and angrily about something. The fur has been flying in Geneva this week, as the two contenders to be next head of the World Trade Organisation squared up to one another. If she ever finds out who did it then the fur will fly. Note: You can also say that someone or something sets the fur flying. A blazing row between Euro factions set the fur flying again on the Tory backbenches. Note: The image here is of animals tearing out each other's fur during a fight.
See also: flies, fur

be all fur coat and no knickers

have an impressive or sophisticated appearance which belies the fact that there is nothing to substantiate it. British informal
See also: all, and, coat, fur, knickers, no

fur and feather

game animals and birds.
See also: and, feather, fur

the fur will fly

there will be serious, perhaps violent, trouble. informal
This phrase originated in the early 19th century, in the US. The image is of a furious fight between dogs or cats.
See also: fly, fur, will

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

fur

n. the police. (A play on the fuzz.) I think the fur is onto you, Rocko.

make the dust fly

To go about a task with great energy and speed.
See also: dust, fly, make
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Set of three faux fur storage baskets, PS72, Dibor Use these fur-trim baskets for laundry or to store your blankets and throws.
Since both Gucci and Kors have had a history of using fur, the industry is looking forward to see how they replace fur with a more socially friendly alternative.
Claire Bass, Humane Society Laboratory tests on these products has now revealed them to be real animal fur.
It is appalling that shoppers, who are actively choosing not to buy real fur because of the terrible animal suffering, are buying the very same fur products they're trying to avoid.
Which is why Canada's iconic, red-coated Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) -- better-known as the Mounties -- have traditionally worn muskrat fur hats.
On Sunday, Wilkinson decided to once again explain her side and apologize to her fans if they were taken aback due to her faux fur coat.
The new fashion and textiles section of city auctioneers Anderson & Garland is offering more than 20 lots of fur items, some in their original boxes.
Always cut faux fur from the wrong side, taking small cuts only on the fur backing.
Last winter fur made a strong presence, with crazy colors stealing the show; but this season, designers interpreted the material in its more traditional form -- an understated yet timeless punch that made the pieces equally, if not more, covetable.
Prices of beaver and muskrat pelts are down about 30 percent from a year ago, with muskrat dipping to below $6, while mink are down about 40 percent from five years ago, said Mark Downey, CEO of Fur Harvesters Auction Inc.
POPULAR culture would have you believe that the slightest view of the sun warrants all fur to be stored away in the winter closet.
The Industrial market report offers a comprehensive guide to the size and shape of the Fur and Fur Articles market at a national level.
In preparation for the international Kopenhagen Fur Auction, Agra's House of Swakara dispatched a consignment of 68,500 Swakara pelts early in March.
Mahiki Dubai says customers who arrive clad in fur will be refused entry.
Washington, February 18 ( ANI ): Khloe Kardashian made her stance on fur clear when she was spotted wearing a huge faux fur coat with the words "F-k Yo Fur" sprayed on the back with red paint.